Finding new ways to put food on the table


Head of the household: For Suwaibatun and Syafiq, making sure their families stay safe and healthy is their top priority.

JOHOR BARU: Malaysians have had to adapt to put food on the table amid the Covid-19 pandemic and movement control order.

Earning an income during the first MCO last year was initially hard for street performer and full-time clown Suwaibatun Nahar Mohd Juffri.

Rather than staying jobless, the 45-year-old started selling snacks from his home in Simpang Rengam to earn money for his family.

“Even though it is not much, as long as my family is happy, then it will be all right for us, ” said Suwaibatun, popularly known as Pak Kadut, when contacted here yesterday.

The father of three added that he also helped his friends who wanted to sell their products on social media as he has more than 10,000 followers on Facebook.

“Even with the MCO, I still wear my clown mask and do some animal balloon tricks while selling the snacks as most of my customers are children.

“Prior to the first MCO last year, during my street performance or at private events, and even when I go live on Facebook, I will always remind the public to practise the new norms including social distancing, and to always wear face masks and wash their hands, ” he added.

Suwaibatun said he hoped the Covid-19

situation would improve soon so that he could become Pak Kadut again and put smiles on people’s faces.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Syafiq Jaafar said he was hoping that the border between Johor and Singapore would be reopened so that Malaysians could look for jobs in the island republic.

The 29-year-old said he used to work as a chef in Singapore, but had to quit his job when the border closed on March 18 last year.

“I am currently working at a restaurant in the city centre here but if there is an opportunity for me to return to Singapore, I would definitely go for it.

“My family, especially my two young children, is and will always be my priority.

“I will continue to work hard to provide for their needs, ” he added.

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