In the dominant brown colored saung, Muhammad Rizal, Omat, and Murodi sit around.
Smoke occasionally came out of their mouths, used to suck the bars of white cigarettes. Friends inside saung it only coffee and small jokes.
This is their daily life, the traders of ornamental plants Senayan who have been relocated from the sidewalk since seven months ago. Now, they are gathered at Senayan East Parking.
"More chatting (with fellow traders) than transactions with buyers," said Rizal.
Almost no guests stopping by the stall sellers of plants that extend in the new location.
The gentlemen of the plant are almost all in saung. There is no power to resist sleepiness, some are mingling with coffee traders.
Rizal said he felt the difference before and after being relocated. The most noticeable difference is his income.
While on the front sidewalk of Gelora Bung Karno Complex (GBK) first, he said, there are buyers every week. But now, ever two to three months, lapaknya not visited by the buyer.
It's called a sidewalk, where people go back and forth. There are buyers. Now, like today, no one has stopped by (to lapak). People who come here should buy the intention because now there is a parking fee inside, he added.
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Head of Association of Ornamental Crop Traders of Senayan, Muhammad Mansyur, agrees that. He said, Senayan is like losing identity.In the past, the thought of ornamental plants would have passed (was) Senayan. The identity was almost gone, Mansyur said.
Senayan area has been known as one of the places to find ornamental plants.
Because, according Mansyur, the traders of ornamental plants have been selling decades on the sidewalk Senayan area.
He personally has been selling there since 2002. Previously, the ornamental plant stalls that he managed is owned by his brother's business.
My sister from 1985. Traders here, on average already second or third generation. Descending, they trade ornamental plants, he continued.
In addition, Mansyur said, the plants sold by traders in Senayan more complete.
Already so, they are able to provide cheaper price. Ornamental plants are sold Mansyur ranging from Rp 10,000-Rp 11,000,000.
The main search
Mansyur is well aware, when a plea for relocation comes to him, it means there must be some adaptation time. Moreover, the location provided is within the GBK Complex.
He instilled positive thoughts that the manager wanted to give the place a better place.
If previous stalls merchants impressed origin, now they are styled lapata with a spacious one stall 3 x 5 meters.More neatly it seems, then a few months ago also built saung-saung like tourist attractions. The place is more comfortable, if only coupled with the number of buyers, added Mansyur.
KOMPAS.com/SRI NOVIYANTI Saung newly built in place of Hias Senayan Sentra Plant. Another hope, coming from his mind that said the opportunity to get a buyer could have come from visitors exhibitions in GBK.
Apparently, it's not that easy. Until now, the exhibition does not really affect the arrival of visitors to our stalls. Although, there are still people who are fraudulent come buy during the weekend. They are the ones who come to the sport, he said.
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Such circumstances make his fellow traders complain much.
In fact, Mansyur said, the number of traders began to decrease. There were 115 merchants there. Now, the number is in the 80's.
Mansyur said, traders are reduced because many are switching professions. If they stay here, they are not strong with the rent that must be paid per month.
Before relocated, traders only need to pay a levy of approximately Rp 90,000 per month. Now, one stall is priced at Rp 250,000 per month.
If I can not casually move profession. Families depend on ornamental plants. This is the main livelihood, said the father of two children.
Mansyur said, since relocated, the financial state of his family began to morrow.
He illustrates that his current density is only 10 percent compared to when he was selling on the sidewalk first.The difference is 1 to 10. Yes, how else would that be if it were a street vendor. First time asked to retreat, we both retreated stalls. Must be ready if curbed, he said.
Mansyur also remembered his prime. He said he fell in love with this profession by accident.
When he graduated from high school engineering, his sister invited to help the ornamental plant business.
As a technical graduate, he was embarrassed to grab the ground and take care of the plants. However, when disturbed by the difficulty of getting a job in Jakarta, it is an ornamental plant that helps the family economy.
I started trying to help my sister, and got the fact that this business was promising. Each home or office development anywhere, definitely need ornamental plants. (Who just sells) this is a need of many people and will continue to be so, he said again.
KOMPAS.com/SRI NOVIYANTI Sidewalk where the ornamental plant trader Senayan before relocated. Now, the location is just ruins that have not been tidied up.
From there, he enjoys being a trader of ornamental plants. In fact, what makes him always remember is the opportunity to meet important people.
Who would have thought, from this profession, he can meet from officials to the president.
That comes the number one people. Soeharto, BJ Habibie, and Gus Dur have come. Even state guests like the Prime Minister of Japan have also visited our trade offices, he said.
However, he did not want the glory that was obtained first only memories. Currently, he and other traders expect managers to have a way to help bring in more visitors.
We thought, (we) need mentoring. Exhibition events, for example, can make us re-known, he said.