More visitors but business is cool

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  • Sunday, 20 Jan 2019

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: There has been no boon for local businesses despite the army of politicians and volunteers streaming into the constituency since nomination day.

In Tanah Rata, shopkeeper Sakkaravarthi Kaliannan said sales surged in his convenience store, which sells items like snacks and warm clothing, basic groceries and hygiene products, for a short while.

“A lot of party workers who are staying around for an extended period came around and bought items like towels, toothbrush and toothpaste, that sort of thing. It’s back to normal now,” said Sakkaravarthi.

Another shop owner, Santhi Karumanagoundan, shared the same sentiments that “other than a brief increase in business on nomination day, it has been business as usual”.

Mamak restaurant helper Asfan Shah, there was a slight increase in business as people stayed up until 3am at eateries.

“Aside from foreign visitors, you see more locals hanging around, but this is still nothing like the public holidays or school holidays,” Asfan said.

A few kilometres north in Brinchang, Chinese eatery owner Goh Weng Choo has been catering to a slight increase in customers since nomination day and expects the trend to continue until polling next Saturday.

“It is normally quiet between the year-end school holidays and Chinese New Year.

“But the by-election is keeping things lively. A number of my fellow operators said they’ve also seen an increase in business and I think it will get busier next week,” Goh said.

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