CASHING IN:Pekan Rabu traders are gearing up for the fasting month as demand for Hari Raya goods rises
TRADERS at Pekan Rabu are busy stocking up their inventories as they prepare for the upcoming fasting month.
Located in the centre of the city, Pekan Rabu is well known among locals and visitors to the state for its wide range of local delicacies and handicrafts.
The four-storey complex, Kedah’s symbol of Malay entrepreneurship, is also popular for its wide spectrum of Malay garments and accessories such as silk scarves, songkok, baju Melayu, baju kurung, songket and kain pelikat.
Also a hit among regular Pekan Rabu patrons are numerous food items including Raya biscuits, dodol and the various serunding (meat floss).
Among the traders who are anticipating brisk business as Muslims prepare for the fasting month and Hari Raya is Siti Zuraini Zainol.
The 23-year-old retailer offers a wide selection of telekung that are used by Muslim women when performing their prayers.
Business has been good, and she sells an average of 800 telekung each month.
"We always get good business during the fasting month. I usually sell about 30 telekung a day during Ramadan," she said.
She sources most of the telekung, made from various materials including silk and cotton, from Indonesia, Vietnam and Kelantan.
The telekung are priced between RM38 and RM320 each.
Another excited retailer is Rodziah Osman, 32. She is a tailor specialising in baju Melayu.
Business has been so good for her that she has to turn down orders.
"I still have about 30 baju Melayu that need to be sewn. My workers and I simply cannot cope with the demand," she said. She has received more than 300 orders for Hari Raya.
Her ready-made baju Melayu is also popular, with more than 300 pairs already snapped up.
Another trader expecting a windfall is Siti Khalilah Mahdi, whose Perniagaan Kuih-Muih S. Atan outlet is well known for the traditional Malay delicacies.
Dodol is her best selling item.
They come in either the normal lemak flavour or one that is mixed with durian, and both sell very well during the Ramadan season.
Other food items popular at Siti Khalilah's stall on the third floor are kuih bangkit, kuih karas and bahulu.
"My serunding is also popular. I have received many orders from individuals and organisations for the various food items," she said.