Not customary, almost compulsory I have to go to Pasar Kedai Payang a few days before raya. This time visited Kedai Payang on havi raya eve. With puasa and all, I was ready to take the challenge to browse aimlessly in a crowded pre-raya last minute shopping.
To my surprise, Keda Payang was a breeze compared to previous years. I can just take my own sweet time to look through magnificent collections of songket and talk to the shop owners.
Even the shop owner complained to me that this year sales have been very slow. Far cry from last year and the year before.
I think, in reality the economy has not recovered yet. People are still quite reluctant to spend even for Hari Raya.
The news paper projects different impression though….
Oh by the way,
The new wing (brainchild of a previous MB) of Pasar Kedai Payang is not that popular among traders. I went there myself. The building looks nice but not attractive enough for shopping.
The traders compained.
The new "market" or bazaar, rental is RM2,000.00 per month
Doh Pok Cik bayo berapa di Keda Payang ni?
(How much do you pay for rental per month here)
Dua ratuh *riya **awang!
(RM2oo per month my son!)
*riya is derived from the currency Riyal - Middle eastern influence.
** awang - a common name used by older people to address younger men / boys.
I haven't a clue how many millions of duit rakyat spent on the project, how many visits abroad under the pretext to learn form other countries (read: holidays paid n=by tax payers).