ACTNews, JAKARTA -- “Honestly, my sales are often unsold, and there's still a lot left. I am sad, but what can I do? Sometimes, I eat the rest of the sales in my rented house,” said Agus (44) a Siomay (Indonesian dumpling) seller from Majalengka.
Every day, Agus sells in front of Strada Wiyatasana school, in the vicinity of the Pejaten Village shopping center, South Jakarta. While waiting for a customer, he sat on a plastic chair.
He offered his sales to passing customers one by one. Many of them refused, but some tried to enjoy Siomay (Indonesian dumpling) made by Agus.
He sells from 07.00 a.m till 03.00 p.m. He admits that his sales often do not sell out. He cannot sell his sales for tomorrow.
“My income has decreased since the pandemic. During Emergency PPKM, my income is getting lower," he said.
While preparing warm Siomay, Agus continued to tell the story. If by 03.00 p.m his sales had not run out, he would go around the surrounding area. Although the location was a bit far from Agus's rented house, he hoped that his sales would sell out that day.
Agus lives in a rented house with his brother in Jati Padang Village. It's a bit far from the place where he used to sell. However, that's where Agus lives and makes money.
It's been a long time since Agus moved to Jakarta, leaving his children and wife in Majalengka. He was forced to move to meet the needs of his wife and children.
“I have been in Jakarta for a long time and rarely return to my hometown. My income is not enough anymore. I don't know what else to do. It's a bit difficult to survive in Jakarta these days," he said while putting peanut sauce on top of the hot Siomay.
During the pandemic, his income has deteriorated and earns only 50 percent of his previous income. The Emergency PPKM regulation made it more difficult for Agus to earn money.
"During PPKM, the merchandise often doesn't run out, while I have to save my income for my wife and children in the village," he said.
He admits that he is not ready for what is happening right now. According to him, this condition is unexpected and unpredictable. However, he must continue to struggle to survive, although conditions are not always in his favor.
“This is the first time my income has decreased a lot even though I have been selling for decades in Jakarta. Many of my friends decided to return to their hometown because they could not meet the costs in Jakarta. The pandemic and the implementation of emergency PPKM made it difficult for me. Hopefully, Indonesia will recover soon," he said.