Wet market traders go online to sell produce

PETALING JAYA: Wet market traders are turning to social media platforms to sell fresh vegetables, poultry and seafood following the movement control order (MCO).

Fazidah Mustafa, 32, said she actively updates details of the fresh items she gets on two WhatsApp chat groups she set up for her regular customers in Batu Pahat, Johor.

“I sell vegetables, seafood and poultry at my warung but I cannot operate now. Thankfully, I started selling online two years ago and can still deliver to my customers.

“For workers and our own health safety, we only operate three days a week, ” said Fazidah, who has been operating her warung with her husband for the past 10 years.

With some 150 customers in her chat groups now, the mother of four said her day starts at 4am and she gets the fresh supplies from the wholesale market.

“Then I will process and clean them before taking pictures to share in the groups. Customers will make their order and state their preferred payment methods, either by cash or online.

“By noon, the riders will be out to make deliveries, ” she said, adding that she charges RM5 per delivery with a minimum purchase of RM25.

Fazidah said her riders, however, can only cater to 30 orders each day within Batu Pahat, with two delivering in town and other areas.

A poultry seller at the wet market in Lucky Garden, Bangsar, said she started getting a lot of calls after a customer shared her contact on WhatsApp and Facebook.

But Ah Leng, 40, said she does not deliver as it was too troublesome and risky owing to the MCO.

“I will inform buyers to come and collect what they have ordered at a designated place and time, twice a week, ” she said, adding that, for each trip, she delivers some 200kg of poultry using a van at no extra charge.

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