JOHOR BARU: A married couple decided to quit their jobs as a fireman and a bank officer to venture into the food industry by making and selling burgers.
The risk taken by Muhammad Dinie Mohamed, 31, and Nur Khalidah Zaidan, 30, paid off as their business has been growing in the last few years, even during the present movement control order period.
Muhammad Dinie, who is from Muar, said he was a state Fire and Rescue Department officer based at the Iskandar Puteri station before tendering his resignation letter in February this year.
“I had been a fireman for about nine years before calling it quits not because I do not like my job but my business is taking a lot of my time.
“I sent my resignation letter two times to the department but state director Datuk Yahaya Madis rejected it.
“When I sent it the third time, he called me to his office just to say that he is proud of me for trying to build a good career in a different field before signing the letter, ” he said at his company’s headquarters near Iskandar Puteri yesterday.
Muhammad Dinie pointed out that even when he was a fireman, he would cook and sell burgers along a street in Taman Universiti for extra income.
“I have been doing this since 2014 and slowly I franchised our products and burgers which are different.
“Our patties and buns are in a square shape instead of the normal circle.
“Our patties are a bit thicker and there is a variety of patties such as beef, lamb and chicken, ” he said.
It was his wife who inspired him to solely focus on growing their business and gave him good advice along the way.
Nur Khalidah was a bank officer for six years before quitting her job at the end of 2019.
“Many people thought that we were taking a major gamble as my husband was a civil servant while I worked at a bank where both of us have stable jobs with good income.
“We used our savings to start our business and with perseverance and patience, our business is growing well, ” she said.
When they first started out, they had one outlet but now the number has grown to more than 100 in Johor and Melaka.
“We have plans to expand to the Klang Valley and other states.
“About 40% of those under our franchise programme have lost their jobs in Singapore due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“But since joining our company, they are earning a good income, ” she said.