KUALA TERENGGANU: Traders here are resorting to different ways, not just online, to ply their wares.
The trend now is street hawking, which is usual in countries like Indonesia and Vietnam.
And the popular spot is at traffic light intersections where the traders have enough time to sell their items before the light turns green.
In the city centre here, young men in white pagoda shirts and straw hats or caps can be seen manoeuvring through traffic with their wares looking for customers.
Once the light turns red, they’ll be on their toes, hopping from one vehicle to another, and then back onto the divider before the green light comes on.
Most of the street hawkers sell food and drinks such as meatballs with black pepper sauce, fruits and goreng pisang.
Street hawking in Malaysia started off in Kuala Lumpur and Kelantan, before spreading to Terengganu at the end of last year.
A street hawker here, Fahmi Reza Razak, sells meatballs with black pepper sauce.
“Before this, I operated a food stall under the Sultan Mahmud Bridge, but business was slow due to parking problems.
“It is different when they stop at traffic light intersections. They just need to wave their hands to us and we’ll go to their car. They don’t have to park their vehicles or queue up,” he said.
The new business trend seems to be accepted by the public with many of them impressed with the spirit and diligence of the street hawkers, who are not deterred by the weather to earn a living.
Fahmi Reza said he started his street hawking business last October with a friend.
“The response was good and our sales increased rapidly,” he said, adding that he now had 13 workers to help sell his meatball menu at four different locations daily.
A pack of 10 meatballs, which contain whipped potato, broccoli and carrot, is priced at RM10.
Helmi Haffizudin, 29, who started his business early this year, sells preserved mango.
He said his mother had been selling the preserved mango at the Pasar Besar Kedai Payang for some time but said business was better through street hawking.
“Now, we have regular customers and the response from the public has been overwhelming,” he said. — Bernama