PORT DICKSON, Sept 18 2019 : The ongoing haze in Port Dickson has affected businesses to a certain extent as people have been taking precautions by limiting outdoor activities, including eating out.
A survey by Bernama in Teluk Kemang, a well-known tourist attraction here, found less visitors than usual while many eateries and souvenir stalls were closed.
A clothing store owner Johan Sani, 69, believes the haze has had an effect on his business as there were fewer visitors dropping by.
He said before the haze, he could comfortably earn around RM300 to RM400 a day compared to only tens of ringgit nowadays.
“Since the haze hit this district, my earnings have dropped drastically, because not many people are coming over to the store, usually even during working days I would receive many customers but not with this kind of weather,” he told Bernama here.
Meanwhile, food stall owner, Fazlina Hanif, 38, also lamented how her earnings have dropped by about 60 percent due to the haze that hit Port Dickson since early this month.
“My usual daily profit was RM2,000 but lately my profit has dropped to below RM1,000 per day, this has been the lowest for this year,” she said.
Another food trader, Amirah Zainal, 31, also felt the impact on her business as very few customers were coming over compared to previous haze episodes.
“If this situation continues, the income of traders in this area will be badly affected as more people are likely to avoid this area,” she said.
As at 7am this morning, Port Dickson and Seremban districts recorded an unhealthy Air Pollution Index (API) readings of 163 and 173 respectively, while Nilai district recorded a very unhealthy air quality with an API reading of 211. – Bernama