Proud to continue five-decade legacy

Andrew has been distributing newspapers from the age of 17 and is continuing his late father Moses’ (in the photograph behind) business.

ANDREW Moses Edwin still remembers helping his late father Moses Edwin Gnanapragasam distribute newspapers as he has been at it from the age of 17.

“I did not get into the distribution business by accident.

“I accepted my father’s offer to learn to earn an incom after sitting for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM),” he said.

Newspaper distribution was Andrew’s passive income while studying before taking it on full time in 2009.

Having quit his job as a sub-editor at a media company in Petaling Jaya to care for his parents, Andrew, 39, was committed to keeping the family business alive while helping with the finances.

Andrew inherited the business from his father, a pioneer newspaper distributor.

Moses died in 2020 at the age of 65 after spending almost five decades making sure that newspapers reached his customers every day, come rain or shine.

“My father managed to secure the distribution line to deliver newspapers to all government departments and agencies, including the Prime Minister’s Department in Putrajaya,” he said.

He also expressed his eagerness to continue selling a range of Malay, English, Chinese, Tamil and foreign newspapers in the future.

“My father cared a lot about the job and I am here continuing his legacy.

“If I could, I would love to stay in this line for the next 10 to 15 years.

“I want to see my daughter taking over the business, either part-time or full-time,” said Andrew.

His work day starts at about 3am. When he finishes work at 9am, Andrew unwinds with a cup of coffee and reads The Star newspaper, starting with his favourite comics — Calvin and Hobbes.

“Unlike most people, I start reading the comics section before proceeding to CarSifu and other news,” the automotive enthusiast said.

To him, newspapers are a rich source of information and a great educational tool.

“Everything is in the newspaper.

“Not only does it provide the news, the newspaper is also used as a tool to teach young children at the kindergarten where my wife works,” he said.

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