WHILE the balik kampung exodus has started, there are still some just doing some last-minute shopping and marketing.
A market trader Mohd Shaid Hanipah, 25, said business was good as customers came to buy ingredients to ensure freshness of the feast on the first day of Hari Raya.
“I managed to sell the meat of eight cattle since Wednesday. I also have venison,” he said at the Balik Pulau wet market yesterday.
Market-goers were also seen patronising other stalls selling fish, chicken and vegetables.
Over at JD Pembekal Santan Segar Sungai Ara in Jalan Datuk Ismail Hashim, a trader who declined to be named said fresh santan (coconut milk) was in demand.
“We sold santan extracted from 2,000 coconuts a day,” he said.
Bank clerk Afifah Marjan, 28, said the santan she bought from the stall was fresh.
“Every year, my family would have a reunion meal on the first day of Hari Raya. Our relatives from near and far would come to my house for the meal.
“We usually buy santan here because it is fresh,” she said.
A check at the Ramadan bazaar at Level Three in Komtar also saw shoppers hunting for dresses and costume jewellery.
Meanwhile, there was also a stall ‘Lemang Tok’ selling lemang (glutinous rice cooked in bamboo), a popular dish served on Hari Raya, along Jalan Sungai Ara.
At the Penang Sentral bus terminal and the Sungai Nibong bus terminal, passengers waited patiently for their rides home in time for the celebration.
Among them was first-year college student Nur Afiqah Rosli, 19, who was heading back to Tampin, Negeri Sembilan.
“I return home on a monthly basis, but this is the first time I’m experiencing going back with a big crowd.
“My parents are waiting for me at home. I miss my mother’s traditional dishes,” she said at the Penang Sentral bus terminal yesterday.
A ticket attendant, who declined to be named, said all the tickets for the festive period had been pre-sold before the travel date.
“The bus terminal can only cater to a limited number of buses, so the passengers will have to arrive on time before the bus departs,” he said.
At the Sungai Nibong bus terminal, an employee of SP Bumi said the company had increased the number of buses to Terengganu from two to four buses yesterday.
“All the tickets to Terengganu until June 28 are sold out. We have only limited number of seats left for the trip to Terengganu on June 29,” she said.
Meanwhile, PLUSTrafik Twitter service reported slow traffic after Juru to Prai heading towards Seberang Jaya at 3.21pm yesterday while it was busy on the Penang Bridge from Penang island to the mainland at 4.13pm.