WHILE his peers prefer jobs in offices, hotels and shopping malls, Shahdamir Amir, 30, has no qualms doing the cleaning at the Bayan Baru wet market and hawker centre.
The Penang Island City Council general worker begins his routine at 6.30am daily, diligently cleaning up the marketplace before calling it a day at 3.40pm.
His hard work and commitment have not gone unnoticed.
Together with 53 others, he was awarded a letter of appreciation by the Bayan Baru Residents Association.
The letters were given out by Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon during a simple ceremony at the association’s premises in Jalan Nibong recently.
Shahdamir said everyone had a role to play in the society and he was proud to play his part.
“Although it is not a glamourous job, I’m happy to contribute to society.
“Besides that, I also get to know the marketgoers and the traders. I can also get a pension from this job.
“I am happy with this recognition,” said Shahdamir, who was an odd-job worker before he joined the council four years ago.
Another council general worker V. Marimuthu, 54, said he was glad to be recognised after working more than 30 years in the Bukit Gedung and Bayan Baru area.
“It gives me pleasure to maintain cleanliness. I am happy with this job,” he said.
Bayan Baru Residents Association chairman Dr Manjit Singh said credit must be given to the unsung heroes for keeping the Bayan Baru vicinity clean.
“They are the reasons we’re healthy. Cleanliness is one of the most important aspects of life.
“It is no easy job. Sometimes, the council workers have to go into monsoon drains to carry out their work,” he said.