Traders forecasting a slowdown in business


After the flood: Lim (left) cleaning up his fire extinguisher shop with the help of workers in Kota Tinggi, Johor. — THOMAS YONG/The Star

KOTA TINGGI: While the floods situation is slowly improving, local shop owners are expected to suffer loss of income in the weeks to come.

Mohd Hussein Khmed, who runs a furniture shop here, said while he did not suffer any losses due to the floods, it has impacted his business.

“I was afraid that floodwaters would rise the way it did in 2006 so I moved all my items to the second floor but it did not happen.

“But the floods has slowed down my business significantly.

“I thought that things would pick up with the start of the new year but the present rainy spell created another severe blow, ” he said in an interview.

Mohd Hussein, 45, said during the previous floods, about 90% of the items in his shop were damaged.

“I am grateful that the recent floods were not as bad and hope that there will not be a second wave, ” he said.

Restaurant owner Azlinda Ismail, 32, said even though it was no longer raining heavily, she was worried about her business.

“It will be weeks or even months before people return for a visit. I am not sure if my business can survive until the end of the year.

“I hope the Covid-19 situation will improve soon, ” she said.

Another shop owner, Lim Poh Chin, 52, who sells fire extinguishers, said he expected business to slow down further due to the floods.

“It took weeks for me to recover from the floods back in 2006 as most of my items were damaged then. With Covid-19 cases still high, it will surely make it more difficult for businesses to survive, ” he said.

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