Cameron mudslide: Fears of disaster keeping away customers

Cameron mudslide: Fears of disaster keeping away customers

CAMERON HIGHLANDS - Many traders at Kea Farm here complained that their business had dropped after floods hit the area.

In the tourist market some 21km from Ringlet, traders said the expected weekend crowd was missing, leaving them with poor business.

"There should be many people here on Friday. This place can be full even on Wednesdays.

"But there are not many people. They're worried about the mudslides," said a stall owner identified only as Aisyah, 22.

Drinks seller Sharifah Pasui, 38, said on a normal weekend day, she could expect to have up to 400 customers.

"But if this continues, I might not even have 50," she said, looking at the half-empty streets in front of her.

Vegetable trader Frankie Lee, 50, said weekend tourists usually arrived on Fridays.

"But the heavy rain is making them stay away," he said.

Not all tourists were scared off by the bad weather, though some who spoke to The Star found it safer to come here by the northern route.

Tourist Mohd Ridhuan, 32, said he came from Kelantan with his family using the Gua Musang route.

"We know where to go, and we're not going to Ringlet and Bertam Valley," he said.

Teacher Wan Khairul Azwa, 41, who is helping to lead a tour group of primary schoolchildren from Terengganu, said Wednesday's floods forced them to delay their trip.

"Instead of arriving here on Thursday evening, we decided to come this morning (yesterday) instead," he said.

On the way here, The Star noticed many parts of the road from Tapah were blocked by fallen trees and mud from landslides, which the authorities had to clear.

In comparison, the roads from Simpang Pulai and Gua Musang, though not without debris, were largely clear.

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