TUMPAT – A visit to Pengkalan Kubor will not be complete without stopping at Pok Li’s stall which is popular for its fruit salad.
Named “Colek Pok Li” after its most popular dish, the stall is run by Jihad Hussain, 64, who has been at it for 23 years.
In fact, he has supported his wife and five children with income from the fruit salad business.
Jihad, who is popularly known as `Pok Li’, operates from a three-wheel motorcycle cartÂ which he parks at a corner in the shopping complex at the Pengkalan Kubor Free Trade Zone.
His deftness at cutting the fruits that are the main ingredients of the salad alone will attract anyone to have a go at the dish.
He uses mangoes, pineapples, guava, and several types of fermented fruits, but the star of the dish ia the home-made dip he makes, which is mixed with salt and pepper.
Jihad sells the fruit salad from as little as RM2 to RM10 a packet, and on most days, he takes home about RM50 but during the holidays, it could be RM100 a day.
However, in the last week, Jihad’s income has doubled as hundreds of people from all corners of the country converge in Pengkalan Kubor in preparation for the by-election there.
“It being the campaign season, my income has increased,” he told Bernama here today.
“It looks like I have to get more fruits and work longer hours,” he said, referring to the Pengkalan Kubor state by-election.
Jihad said some customers had never tasted Kelantan’s fruit salad but many from outside the state would return to his stall after they have sampled his dish.
Barisan Nasional supporter, Rashid Salim, 47, who is from Perak and on his first visit to the Free Trade Zone, considered himself lucky to be able to taste the many types of food at the Malaysia-Thailand border, including Pok Li’s fruit salad.
“If not for the by-election, I would not come here and get to taste Pok Li’s fruit salad,” he said.
Another visitor Azizah Man, 54, from Kuala Lumpur, said she was taking the opportunity to visit relatives here since the by-election is during the school holidays.
The by-election is being held following the death of its elected representative from BN, Datuk Noor Zahidi Omar from liver cancer on Aug 20.
The Elections Commission has fixed polling day on Sept 25.
BN’s candidate BN Mat Razi Mat Ail will be challenged by PAS representativeÂ Wan Rosdi Wan Ibrahim and independent candidate Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary.
In the 13th general elections, Noor Zahidi defeated PKR’s Saharun Ibrahim and independent candidate Izat Bukhary with a majority of 1,736 votes. – BERNAMA