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Astronaut becomes food delivery rider during MCO
Published on: Sunday, April 26, 2020
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Dr Sheikh Muszaphar explained that since the restaurant just recently reopened, he decided to personally deliver food to customers.
Kuala Lumpur: MALAYSIAN astronaut Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor shared a photo of himself as a food delivery rider on social media, recently.

The 47-year-old revealed that he has been delivering food for a local restaurant he co-owns over the past week.

The restaurant, Rebung, is an esteemed 17-year-old establishment in Kuala Lumpur that specialises in authentic Negri Sembilan Malay food.

Co-owned with famed Chef Ismail, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar has overseen Rebung’s rise to become a culinary giant, with 80 employees and a buffet of gastronomic awards to its name.

Looking back on the days the restaurant was just starting out, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar said: “I remember going to Pasar Borong Selayang at 4am during those days, buying fresh seafood every day for the first six months during our start up.

“I remember sending lemang, rendang, and dodol in the wee hours of raya morning for the past two years. Those were the days.”

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar, who is an orthopaedic surgeon by training, explained that since the restaurant just recently reopened, he decided to personally deliver food to customers.

“We (reopened) again last week during this Movement Control Order (MCO) and I personally put my feet on the ground to deliver food. It’s the best,” he said.

The photo, uploaded on Wednesday, shows him smiling on a motorcycle while carrying an orange delivery bag.

He captioned it “Being a delivery boy.”

Many netizens were impressed by the astronaut’s humility.

One Twitter user wrote: “He’s been my idol since I was a kid. Now he’s also a delivery man. Nice one, boss. He’s truly a humble person.”

“He’s not picky about work. Even though he could just stay at home the whole day, he decided to participate. Good job to our astronaut,” said another netizen.

Another person commented, “Isn’t he so humble? I love reading the captions on his posts. Sometimes I feel so motivated after stalking his Instagram. An idol.”

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar became the first Malaysian to reach space when he was launched to the International Space Station on board the Soyuz TMA-11 in Oct 2007. 


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