Photographer's Note

Kundasang town’s vegetable market at night. This photo was taken during a brief stopover at the popular roadside market on the way home to Kota Kinabalu. The rain had just stopped but with some light drizzle.

Kundasang is a rural township located about 1600 metres above sea level and about 110km road distance from Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah.

The area is famous for its vegetable cultivation. The freshness of the vegetables seen in the photo is assured; Question: If it is not? Answer: Please step to the next stall. They almost sell the same sets of produce.

Despite its simplicity, open-aired, wooden structures and lighted by kerosene pressure lamp, this market probably generates higher business turnover and handles more human traffics daily than the township proper, ironically a mere 100 metre away.

The majority stall owners are kadazandusun, an indigineous ethnic group, and sell their produce wholesale to middleman. For better margin, some stocks were retained for retail sales to walk-in customers. Nowadays, the vegetables are packed in clear plastic bags and sold at fixed price. This has reduced the sales turnaround time thus avoiding long queues and the “spoilt for choice” customers.

Well, as you must have guessed, after taking this quick shot, I bought some vegetables and rushed home.

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