En. Johari has run his barber shop in the Ban Hock Wharf Hawkers' Centre for over twenty years, since his retirement from the Malaysian Army. He will not be moving to the new market location in Stutong, preferring to rent a room in a nearby shophouse so that he can retain his loyal customers.
En. Abu Hassan, also known by his Chinese name Ah Boo, sits in his transport lorry outside the Garment Store Bazaar, waiting for business. A truly cosmopolitan Malaysian, he speaks fluent Malay, English and Hokkien, the Chinese dialect in common usage in Kuching.
Kontot works at a stall selling ikan terubok masin, salted tropical shad. Terubok masin can be considered a speciality of Sarawak and is prized by locals. Their stall is located just in front of the fruit stands on Gambier Road.
Mr. Han has been selling tofu, bean sprouts and fresh soya milk in the Cheko Market for decades and is almost the same age as the current market building.