Loyal customers keep this tailor going

KLANG, Malaysia - Although business may not be thriving for some tailors even during this festive period, Teng Ah Sang has no intention of giving up his 40-year-old trade.

According to the 74-year-old tailor, it is normal to see more orders for custom-made clothes during festive seasons, while the rest of the year is generally quiet.

"But I noticed that even during this festive period, I am not getting as many orders as I used to.

"I guess many people are now opting for ready-made clothes at malls and departmental stores," said Teng at his shop located in Jalan Taiping here.

"But this is how business is. I am not going to give up. I will continue doing what I'm doing," said Teng, who is helped by one of his two sons and his younger brother.

What he can count on is the appearance of several regular customers this month.

Mohd Tahir Rustam, 52, visits Teng every Ramadan to order clothing for his family.

"Teng has been tailoring for my family for the past 15 years and he does a good job," said Mohd Tahir, who prefers custom-made clothes because they are cheaper and higher quality.

"For RM60 (S$23.84), you can get very good pants here. You have to fork out almost double at departmental stores for the same quality," he said.