28-year-old Ridzuan Jamal’s career was affected by the pandemic last year as he lost his job as a supervising engineer. However, he is now hiring those who have become jobless due to the same fate.
Ridzuan, who started to sell buns for RM1 from his car boot in Kota Kinabalu to put food on the table, has successfully earned more than enough to open his own store.
He reportedly sold at least 1,000 buns per day in Penampat and Putatan making him earn more than he did during his previous job.
“Now, my bakery has nine workers who recently lost their jobs, and also newly-graduated youngsters.
Ridzuan explained that his current workers include those who are trying to help their parents during this pandemic, “There are also three secondary school students working as part timers to help their parents whose incomes are affected by the pandemic, apart from getting work experience.”
He also revealed that his workers’ basic salary ranges from RM900 and RM1,200.
Determined to expand his bun business, Ridzuan is now trying to recruit more workers for bun productions and agents to help him sell his products.
Ridzuan hopes to have 15 agents across Kota Kinabalu as he now only has eight around Sepanggar, Inanam, KK, Putatan, Papar, Kinarut, Kimanis and Telipok.
“I am concentrating on having as many agents as possible to cover even more districts from Tuaran to Menumbok.
“Therefore, I need more people to increase the supply to help others to survive through employment and sales especially during the movement control order now,” he said.