Creative touch to themed duit raya packets


Maisara Abu Bakar showing frontliner-themed duit raya packets at the Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman bazaar prior to its closure on May 10 due to the MCO.

LAST year, Alif, 28, mistakenly switched two identical Hari Raya Aidilfitri packets, one contained a RM50 note and the other RM10, meant for his uncle and 12-year-old son respectively.

But the mistake was discovered and the boy reluctantly returned the RM50 packet to his father.

It became a standing joke in the family.

For Alif, an IT executive, it was a lesson to be more careful when handing out duit raya packets.

Luckily for him, there was a simple solution to prevent this.

At the Hari Raya bazaar in Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman, which is now closed due to the movement control order, Mounash Abu Bakar, 18, was spotted selling themed packets meant for children.

These depict local animation characters Upin & Ipin and Boboi Boy and also foreign ones such as Frozen, Spongebob and Hello Kitty.

He said his employer began selling such packets more than five years ago and was surprised with the good response.

“He did not expect it to be so popular, as people usually receive free packets from different sources.

“He began looking out for cartoons that are popular with children, ” he said, adding that the stall owner ordered the packets from a company in Kajang, Selangor.

Housewife Zana Abd Karim, 32, decided to buy a few as she planned to give them to her nephews and nieces this Hari Raya.

“Some of my siblings live in the same neighbourhood so their children will likely visit my house. The children will be happy to get these colourful packets, ” said the mother of three from Sentul.

Arabic teacher Anuar Hashim, 43, from Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras, also bought the packets for his nephews and nieces.

“I am sure they will like receiving money in these packets more than the usual ones, ” he said.

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