Thrifty man ditches rent and lives in a car parked near his office

Compiled by C. ARUNO and FAZLEENA AZIZ

IN order to reduce his monthly expenses, Mushamir Mustafa, 32, has been living in his Proton Iriz since January, Harian Metro reported.

The decision did not stem from being thrown out by his family, being homeless or running away from debt, but from the current economic situation.

The marketing and communications manager is now able to save up to RM2,000 that was previously spent on petrol, pay tolls, parking fees, utility bills and other commitments.

Sharing his story, Mushamir, who was born in Bangladesh and grew up in Brazil, Kosovo, Namibia and Sudan, said he was attracted to the concept of living in a car after watching a related tutorial video on YouTube.

“I hurt my back on the first day of sleeping in my car. After two weeks, I got used to it and slowly bought the things I needed to ensure privacy and comfort.

“Now the car is complete with facilities such as mattresses, pillows, clothes bags, two mini fans, exhaust fans, portables and lights.

“It is so comfortable that you can lie down while watching movies, reading books, listening to songs and playing video games,” he said when met at Taman Tasik Tambahan in Ampang Jaya.

Mushamir said he usually sleeps in the car parked near his office in Damansara Perdana on weekdays.

But Mushamir, who is active on Tik Tok and Instagram via the @guylivingincar account, said he returns home on the weekend to be with his mother, who lives alone.

“My workday routine consists of jogging, showering at a nearby public toilet, gym centre or gas station and going to work. After work, I take a shower, have dinner and call it a day.

“The best thing about this lifestyle is that I don’t have to think about paying utility bills, so you save a lot,” he said.

> Female singing group Dolla is not discouraged after a member of another group from Sabah, SMDX (Sumandax), namely Elle Thong, did not recognise them during a live broadcast session on TikTok recently, Berita Harian reported.

Dolla, which consists of three women, namely Sabrina or Sabronzo, Tabby and Angel, described it as just a minor issue.

Sabronzo said the issue should not be brought up as they still have a lot to learn.

“We’re fine because we don’t expect everyone to know Dolla, so it’s okay if there are people who don’t know us.

“Regardless, we will continue to release songs and perform in concerts,” she said.

Tabby said Dolla will still support SMDX and other pop groups, while also wishing the best for all of them.

● The above article is 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 this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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