Flashback #Star50: Job that pays in many ways


SELANGOR-born newspaper vendor Subramanian Karuthasamy has never considered retiring despite his age.

The 74-year-old has over two decades of news distribution experience under his belt.

Subramanian (left) distributes newspapers around Bangsar and does not plan to retire just yetSubramanian (left) distributes newspapers around Bangsar and does not plan to retire just yet“I started off as a part-time distributor while working in the Works (Public Works) Department in the city centre to help make ends meet.

“I would be up at 4am and leave at 5am to deliver the newspapers on my bike.

“I usually finished by 7am and would then start on my office work, ” Subramanian told StarMetro.

“Today, it is my main source of income, ever since I retired from the government post in 2002.”

Subramanian is grateful that after all these years, newspaper delivery is still supplying him with a steady income.

He is adamant about carrying on.

“My children asked me to stop working.

“They are worried about my safety and health, but I insist on continuing.

“This has been a part of my life and it is better to be active than to just sit at home.

“I will continue delivering the newspaper to customers around Bangsar as long as I am healthy, ” he said.

Although he has met with a few minor accidents while on his rounds, he made sure the papers were delivered as required every time.

Subramanian is grateful to his son, who helps him with the distribution through his recoveries, although the boy had to juggle his study schedule.

“My priority is that customers receive their paper on time at all cost.

“Rain or shine, scolded or complimented by customers, I always ensure delivery is made.

“And because of this, many of my long-time customers are still buying the paper from me, ” he said, hoping that the newspaper will continue to flourish.

Subramanian doesn’t just enjoy delivering, he also loves reading The Star every day, from the first to the last page.

“I have delivered many different papers but my main paper, which is also my favourite, is The Star.

“Even though some people are shifting to online platforms, I still prefer reading the printed newspaper, ” he said, noting his emotional attachment to the printed version and the satisfaction that comes with leafing through physical pages.

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