Rubber estate market pulling in large crowds

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  • Sunday, 03 Feb 2019

Brisk business: Patrons looking through goods sold at the morning market while being shaded from the sun in a rubber estate in Kampung Guntong, Pasir Puteh. — Bernama

PASIR PUTEH: Who would have guessed that there is a morning market selling various daily necessities in a rubber estate in Kampung Guntong, Pasir Puteh in Kelantan.

The market, which is only open on Fridays, starts as early as 6am with about 100 traders.

The items sold there include used goods, plants, fish, vegetables, bags and toys.

Food vendors arrange their food items and cakes on the tables.

Lovers of kampung vegetables and ulam can get these greens on the cheap and fresh as the sellers bring it from their own plots.

The usual early market visitors consist of the congregation from the nearby mosque who stop by to buy breakfast as well as vegetables and fish after prayers.

As the sun rises, people from nearby villages and districts, inclu­ding from Terengganu, start to flood the market.

Wahab Yusof, 52, from Jerteh, Terengganu, said his family loved the “hustle and bustle” of the market which reminded him of a market scene in the 1972 P. Ramlee hit movie Laksamana Do Re Mi.

In the film, a character called Re, portrayed by Ibrahim Din, tries to haggle the price of some vegetables in a very funny way.

“However, the absence of signboards make it hard for people, especially outsiders, to find the market.

“I hope the local council will erect signboards and put up some information about this market,” he said.

Although the business period of the weekly market is short as it ends by noon, the traders still make enough profit.

Salim, 45, who sells bundle clothing, earns between RM200 and RM300, although he sells the clothes at between RM1 and RM15.

The space for the market was provided by a rubber estate owner.

His wife, who only wanted to be known as Sarimah, said she and her husband had been providing the space for the past 20 years.

“The traders bought their business sites for only RM100 and only trade at their specific space,” she said. — Bernama

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