Former Malaysian ship's cook has been knitting with passion for over six decades

Even after six decades, Pak Tam has a lot of zeal and passion for needlework. Photos: Sheela Chandran/The Star

A. Shukor Ismail, 72, first learned to knit and crochet when he was nine years old. It’s been 64 years since, and the Johor-based septuagenarian isn’t ready to put down his needles or yarn quite yet.

“I was born in Johor Bahru and raised in Kampung Kayu Ara Pasung, Pontian in the 1950s. We did not have gadgets or the Internet to occupy our time back then. Most people of my generation spent their time outdoors or learning to do handicrafts.

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