Floods bring unexpected windfall


Business as usual: Customers dining at Mohd Fadli’s shop despite the eatery being flooded in Rantau Panjang, Kelantan. — Bernama

PASIR MAS: An eatery operator in Rantau Panjang near here decided to continue his business even though it had been inundated with 0.2m of water since Saturday morning.

Mohd Fadli Mat Zain, 45, said running an eatery during floods was the first experience for him and his wife as he only set up his business about a month ago.

“Previously, I sold fruits in Tanah Merah but moved here to run an eatery even though the shop owner had informed me that the water would rise during monsoon seasons.

“This is my source of income – by selling roti canai and other freshly cooked dishes, ” he said when met at his shop.

Conducting his business as usual in a flood-hit area has benefited him as he is able to generate even more revenue from many outsiders who came to the area to see the flood situation.

Mohd Fadli can make up to RM300 now compared to RM100 to RM200 on a normal day.

“When I opened the stall at 7am yesterday, water from Sungai Golok, located about 200m from town, started to overflow into this area and an hour later, combined with heavy rain, began to enter my shop.

“Despite the floods, I am imposing the SOP in my shop to control the spread of Covid-19, ” he said.

“The current water level still lets me operate my business as usual, but I am taking precautions by keeping important items in high places.”

If heavy rains continue and cause the water level to rise further, Mohd Fadli said he would close his shop for safety reasons.

In Terengganu, a shop selling roti canai in Kampung Seberang Tayor, Kemaman, has become the talk of the town after a video featuring several patrons enjoying the popular dish in knee-deep water went viral on Facebook.

The owner of the shop, Mohd Khairul Anuar Hamzah, 29, said he did not expect the video to go viral.

“On the night before the incident, I had prepared almost 10kg of flour and planned to open the shop as usual.

“I did not expect it when at 5am, the water started to rise but had not yet reached knee level. I thought as the dough was ready, I continued to make and sell the roti canai.

“However, as the rain continued, the water started to enter the shop but more customers continued to join the queue, ” he said.

Mohd Khairul Anuar, who has been selling roti canai since 2018, said it was the first time such an incident had taken place and it would be a wonderful memory, especially when many residents who were also affected by the floods could eat at his shop.

“Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah), the roti canai sold out within four hours after opening at 7am. Many came including the village head and some even called to make reservations, ” he said. — Bernama

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