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Grounded pilot’s mee and rojak stall takes off
Published on: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
By: Reuters
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Former pilot Azrin Mohamad Zawawi is one of thousands who lost their jobs after airlines were grounded due to Covid-19. (Reuters pic)
SUBANG: Every morning, pilot Azrin Mohamad Zawawi puts on his white uniform and black captain’s cap before heading to work.

But rather than going to the airport, as he has done for two decades, he heads to a small noodle stall he now runs in Subang Jaya.

Azrin, 44, is one of thousands of staff members who have lost their jobs after airlines were grounded by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I need some income because I was retrenched by my company,” said Azrin, whose most recent employer, Malindo Air, was forced to slash its workforce this month.

Deprived of a regular income, the father of four decided to start a food business, selling dishes such as a curry mee from a family recipe, laksa and rojak.

His business got a surge of unexpected publicity when a photograph of Azrin wearing his captain’s uniform with a red apron taken by his wife went viral on social media.

Still, customers say the business, aptly named “Kapten Corner” (Captain’s Corner), is more than just a gimmick.

“The main thing is the food must be good … I’ve eaten here twice. The first time I brought my wife and now I bring my friends,” said customer Azman Yunus.

Another customer, Syed Khadzil, also praised Azrin for finding a creative way to run a food business. “The way he does business is also something unique – being creative with his uniform. It’s a crowd-puller.”

For his part, Azrin hopes his experience can inspire others affected by the pandemic to try new ways to make a living. “Embrace the challenge and never give up … It’s like flying the aircraft, we always move forward,” he said.



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