Man loses job but is saved by gourd


Compiled by CLARISSA CHUNG, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

A MALAYSIAN who lost his job in Singapore is now trying his hand at becoming an agropreneur by setting up a bitter gourd

farm, Utusan Malaysia reported.

Mohd Lokman Kumasi, 25, was raking in S$1,700 (RM5,167) working as a manager at a fast food restaurant in Singapore but he was terminated due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The electrical engineering graduate was even more anxious to return as he had recently gotten married.

“My mother and I were in Ayer Baloi looking at a plot of land and on the way back we stopped by an agricultural project involving hanging cucumbers managed by local entrepreneur Nor Azman Mohd Erhan, ” he said.

The visit sparked his interest in agriculture after he heard Nor Azman’s story of becoming a successful agropreneur in Pontian.

“I made the decision to grow bitter gourds on a one-acre piece of land with an initial cost of about RM60,000, ” he said.

> Celebrity couple Syamel and Ernie Zakri are venturing into the food business, Berita Harian reported.

Syamel, whose real name is Syameel Aqmal Mohd Fodzly, acknowledged that starting a business now was a big risk considering the bleak economy.

“We are supposed to be saving up under these current circumstances, and for this business alone we have invested hundreds of thousands of ringgit.

“But this is for our future, considering that it is challenging now for singers to get gigs.

“The cafe is also meant to help others by providing a space for food vendors to rent, ” he said, adding that the couple are big-time food lovers, which was why they opened up Setable cafe in Setapak.

On their upcoming nuptials, the couple also said preparations were almost complete, and are waiting for a suitable date to proceed.

> A woman in Kuala Rompin lost over RM8,000 to a scam after trying to buy gold jewellery on Facebook, reported Sinar Harian.

Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the victim saw a Facebook Live post streamed using the name of a gold shop.

It was believed that the victim was deceived by a suspect impersonating a gold shop worker offering promotions on gold jewellery on the social media site.

“The victim dealt with a store worker named ‘Farah’ to buy a 21g bracelet offered at a price of RM4,600, ” he said.

He said the suspect then contacted the victim to make additional payments, which the victim obliged.

“The victim realised she had been duped when she checked with the gold shop, which said there was no Farah working for them, ” he said.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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