JOHOR BARU: The period before Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri is usually the busiest months for those making and selling kuih raya.
This year, however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some are forced to scale down their operations or suspend business.
Azila Harun, 36, said she earned more than RM400 every week before and after the fasting month last year.
“This year I decided not to do business.
“Many people are staying home and I am afraid I will not get as many customers as before.
“Also, getting my supplies to make the kuih raya may be difficult this year as the suppliers’ shops are all closed.
“I usually make pineapple tarts, ” she said, adding that she had been selling kuih raya for the past 10 years.
“I considered delivery services to sell my foodstuff but as I do not want to get close to others, especially strangers who place orders, I changed my mind.
“I would rather stay safe than to take chances with my health. Let this pandemic end and then I will resume my business, ” Azila said.
Norhana Nordin, 28, said she had let go of four of her workers as she could no longer operate her shop selling cookies.
She said she earned about RM15,000 during the fasting month last year from selling kuih raya and cakes.
“Now I run the business on my own and do deliveries myself, ” she said, adding that this was her only means of earning a living.
“I hope the situation improves soon, ” said Norhana.
Another kuih raya maker, Abu Sabil Abraham, 24, said that he now depended entirely on online orders due to the movement control order (MCO).
“I do not want to make deliveries. It is not wise to move around and meet people during this period, ” he said, adding that he started his business only in January this year.
“I was hoping to earn some income this year but it seems like I have to wait to do this, ” said Abu Sabil.