When it comes to finding extra pocket money, many students would go out of their way to earn it – from working part-time in restaurants or retail to freelancing in different fields, to even converting their bedroom into a cafe.
Recently, a viral Tik Tok video has been circulating social media about a couple of students selling milk tea (Cha Aroi Bang – a localised version of milk tea to be exact) out of the boot of their car, and how their luck changed from bad to good within a short period of time.
Kisah sedih hari ini😭 pic.twitter.com/MHDppeYIkX
— ísź (@iszlqrn) October 10, 2020
Posted by a Twitter user, @iszlqrn captioned “A sad day”, the video showed two students selling milk tea at what it looks like an open parking lot in a park, to earn some extra cash before the new semester started.
Not more than half an hour after opening their car boot store, a group of policemen approached the two students and issued a fine of RM300 for operating illegally without a license.
The two students had only sold 5 bottles and earned RM75 before getting fined.
The whole incident attracted a crowd of park-goers including the attention of this elderly aunty who was furious about how the police had fined the students.
The aunty said in the video,
“Is it wrong for these students to sell their items to earn a little extra money? It’s not like they are stealing.”
The students felt touched and said they appreciated how this aunty understood their hard work.
Soon after the incident and before packing up, many bystanders who noticed the commotion, took pity on the students and bought their drinks.
Although the situation might have not been fair for the students, rules are still rules – a license along with the proper documentation is needed to avoid getting fined. According to The Smart Local, here’s what you need to know if you’re planning to start a car boot business:
- Register your business at SSM (Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia) and apply a license for RM100.
- Since a vehicle is involved especially for operation business, you need to get a Goods Driving License (GDL) for RM500.
- Lastly, get a permit from your local council. The permit cost is RM1080 and is renewable every 6 months.
While many may argue that getting a legit license means putting down more money, a legit business means it will be regulated by official bodies to ensure the safety of its products and services.
Furthermore, a report by The Star earlier this year estimated that the Malaysian shadow economy – all businesses or trades that operate without a license in our country – is worth RM300 billion. That’s a lot of tax dollars.