Floods provide opportunity for settler to earn extra income


MERSING – Flood is considered a disaster, but for Samin Ahmad, a settler at Felda Nitar 2, the flood season provides him an opportunity to earn extra income – selling freshwater fish on his four-wheel drive vehicle on Jalan Nitar here.

The 63-year-old Felda settler said he started selling the fish two days, with a supply of only 50kg of fish daily, but the demand had been great and he was able to sell about 200kg of fish yesterday as more people got to know about his presence at the site.

“I was just trying my luck at first. Since there are people who cannot continue with their journey because of the flood, my presence, selling the various types of freshwater fish, would get their attention,” he said when met by Bernama here.

A survey by Bernama found that Jalan Utama Nitar and the land route to Kampung Orang Asli Tanah Abang and Tanjung Tuan are still closed to all vehicles due to the floods, despite the improved weather conditions.

Besides travellers who are stranded there due to the floods, many people were also there to visit the location, as well as to take pictures and videos of the flood situation.

Meanwhile, Endera Mamod (he), 26, of Kampung Orang Asli Tanah Abang, said he had to use a boat to move around as  the land route to his village has been flooded for the past four days.

To those who need his boat service, he charges them RM15 per person.