Eat, drink and be hopeful, thanks to the polls

YONG PENG: Eateries here are enjoying brisk business thanks to visitors coming in for the state election.

Many have reported a 20% to 30% increase in sales in the past two weeks.

Loi Han Ern, who runs the famous Traffic Light Coffee Shop located on the main road in town here, said he has seen a steady increase in customers.

“This is certainly good for business since the Omicron variant caused fewer people to eat out.

“The state election has brought politicians, candidates, party workers and visitors to stop by and spend time in Johor,” he said when met at his shop.

The 35-year-old said that although his business has not returned fully to pre-pandemic numbers, he is relieved to see more customers.

Loi added that he was looking forward to the country’s border opening soon as Singaporean visitors used to frequent his shop.

In Kluang, the Kluang Rail Coffee, which is adjacent to the KTM station, has also seen an increase in customers, especially during weekends.A worker who did not want to be named said the state election has brought more people to Kluang, adding that the outlet has also attracted many coffee aficionados.

In Paloh, Mohd Latif Muhammad, 63, said he is thankful that his warung (stall) in Kampung Chamek has seen more customers since the Chinese New Year.

“Since people have been allowed to travel during the festive season, there have been more people coming to my warung for breakfast, lunch and tea.

“Politicians and candidates have been making a pitstop at my place since Paloh has four candidates contesting for the seat,” he added.

Rosita Ahmad, 51, who sells traditional Malay food and drinks in Segamat town, said she was happy to report a 30% increase in sales thanks to political party workers making stopovers at her stall.

“We have suffered a lot from the movement restrictions in the past two years, but I hope things will improve and the good sales will continue, even after the state election is over,” she said, adding that she hopes all the elected representatives will get to work immediately and deliver on their promises.

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