COVID-19 Surge Drives Demand for Malaysian Coffin Maker

S. Mahfuz
Kuala Lumpur

Shahrul Kamaruzaman Kudong, a coffin builder from Malaysia’s Selangor state, has seen orders for his products more than double lately as a surge in cases has broken records for virus-related deaths. 

This rise in demand, though, has brought additional concerns for the 44-year-old, who is not vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

“When I think about it, I am very worried about the increasing orders for coffins, which means that the number of COVID-19 deaths is surging and infections are rampant,” the Port Klang resident told BenarNews.

Shahrul, who suffers from diabetes, has to work late into the evening to meet the demand.

Previously, he built about 15 to 25 coffins in a month. As July comes to an end, he has delivered more than 70 coffins to the Selat Klang Muslim Cemetery.

The coffin maker has increased his output although his suppliers have begun charging more for raw materials, Shahrul said.

“I am finding it difficult getting materials such as plywood and cloth because the suppliers are closed for business during the lockdown, so I have to pay more to get the materials I need,” he said.

Despite his concerns, Shahrul wants to ensure he meets all orders because he sees it as a service to his suffering community.

“I am not that concerned about making a big profit because this is part of my contribution to the local community here, especially during this trying time,” he said.

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