On a nice day for a stroll in the city of Malang, I walked from Achmad Yani Utara Street in the crowded north side of the city to Polowijen Gang 2 street. It is the place where Iwan runs his banner business. At the west side is his factory along the railway track. People in Malang know the building as the 'antique building'. After knocking at the west gate, an officer of the factory, Indra Susanto (25), came out to open the door.
Once inside, I found that the factory is quite large, five times larger than a volleyball field. It has zinc roof. That is why the temperature inside the building is very high. It made me perspire.
Indra told me that they have been receiving a lot of orders for posters, banners, and other campaign material from political parties in Malang. "Since last December the orders have started to accumulate," says Indra. The orders continued to rise through January 2009 when the campaign season started and the factory was producing at full capacity. Walking around the factory, Indra explained that to meet the demand, they had to ask employees to work overtime. Only the last couple of weeks before the election day, the demand has reduced. Now they don't have any more orders from political parties, they have resumed taking orders from their regular customers.