WHILE business is relatively quiet in other parts of Ipoh, the Deepavali mood is evident in Buntong’s Kampung Kacang Putih as customers rush to stock up on their festive titbits.
N. Jayakumary, whose family owns T.M.S. Trading, is among the eight manufacturers of kacang putih in the village, revealed that they have been working round the clock to meet demand.
“We’ve also extended our business hours till late at night.
“It’s the same year after year with Deepavali and also Hari Raya being the busiest times of year for us,” she said.
Declaring that business has been good despite the soft economy, D.N.S. Kacang Putih Ipoh Manager S. Sathis Kumar said the shop owned by his family opens from 7am to 11pm during the period leading to the festival.
“It’s unavoidable as we have too many customers. It’s been like this for the past one month,” he said.
It is the same story at PKH Enterprise, which is located a stone’s throw away.
PKH Enterprise owner, K. Ponnuthurai, 47, said it has been exceptionally busy at his shop over the last 10 days or so.
“We have both regulars and walk-in customers from around Ipoh and other states alike.
“They buy mostly muruku and sweets like laddu, candy, and jalebi,” Ponnuthurai told MetroPerak while attending to customers at the same time.
Kampung Kacang Putih is well known throughout Malaysia as the biggest producer of kacang putih in the country.
The cottage industry was initially started out near a limestone hill in Gunung Cheroh in the 1920s by 10 people from India, but moved to its present location in the 1970s after part of the hill collapsed onto the squatter colony.
Originally from the Thirunelvelli Nadar clan in Tamil Nadu, India, the manufacturers in the village are all related to one another.