Roaring business for Thai traders
Thu, Oct 28, 2010
New Straits Times

SUNGAI GOLOK, THAILAND - The retail outlets in this border town are doing brisk business selling flags, banners and posters for the Galas by-election. Politicians and campaign workers prefer to get their supply from across the border as the price of the items are lower by half.

Umran U Seng, who operates the Lan Rantau Sport store here, said many politicians, party officials and campaign workers have visited his store of late to order and buy such paraphernalia.

"I told them my prices and many were surprised that they were much cheaper here. I have to reject some orders as the number was too small.

"The materials are all from Bangkok and it is not justifiable for small orders.

"Orders include T-shirts, caps, banners and flags," he said.

Umran has been operating the business for more than 20 years.

Another businessman who only wanted to be known as Mae said he and his workers were busy preparing party flags and banners.




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