Recently, a father of two daughters had to move to Selangor to sell yau char kwai to make ends meet.
His story has now prompted a call for Malaysians to support his business.
The unnamed father is originally from Johor Bahru, Johor.
He first got netizens’ attention in early June, when he took to Facebook to thank members of the public for supporting his new yau char kwai business.
In a post that was re-posted to a community Facebook group on 6 June, he said good Samaritans had supplied him with materials and that he even received free lessons on how to make the deep-fried snack from other bosses who run the same business.
“I will work hard, work hard, and work hard to do it well!” he said.
“Don’t give me money, as long as you support my business and give your feedback is enough!
If I can do it well, I can make money and afford the rent. I will think about the rest of the problems later.”
It is learned that the father is the sole caretaker of two daughters, aged six and 10
He named his business ‘Hao Ba You Tiao’, which can be loosely translated to ‘Good Father’s You Tiao’. You tiao is the Mandarin name for the snack.
He started his business on 4 June at a kopitiam on Jalan Anggerik 39, Johor Jaya.
He faced more hardships after starting his business in Johor
A few months later, he relocated to Seri Kembangan, Selangor, in the hope of making more money in the big city.
He is currently running his stall outside Restoran Peng Chu on Jalan SP 2/3, Taman Serdang Perdana.
A photo of his new stall shows a note that reads, “We are Hao Ba You Tiao.
I just came from Johor Bahru and I don’t have a house to live in. I need to rent a house. Can you help me?”
The photo was uploaded on Facebook on Thursday, 22 October.
In the caption, it said that the father is selling yau char kwai, five-spice doughnuts, red bean paste doughnuts, and sesame doughnuts for RM1 each.
“It is not easy for a man to take care of two daughters. The current COVID-19 pandemic is making things worse. He has no income; pockets are empty. The adult can choose not to eat, but children can’t,” the post read.
“Please support (the father’s business)!”
Many netizens promised to drop by the stall and show support.
“Admire his dedication and [the] never give up attitude. At least he’s working to earn an honest living. Will definitely support him even though Serdang isn’t near [to] me after this Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO),” commented a netizen.
“Wishing him good business and hope he gets to rent a decent place soon.”
“He is not asking for donations. He is just asking everyone to support him and buy yau char kwai when you are free. He has a strong character,” commended another.
Meanwhile, one Facebook user asked for the father’s bank account number, presumably so that he could transfer money to ease the father’s financial burden, but a fellow netizen advised him not to do so.
“Go patronise him and let him make money from selling yau char kwai. This will give him a greater sense of dignity instead of having him put his hands out and beg for money,” the person contended.
You can visit Hao Ba You Tiao here:
Address: 13, Jalan SP 2/3, Taman Serdang Perdana, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor
Operating hours: 7am to around 12pm
Source : SAYS