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Man inspired into becoming roti canai maker by friend who made RM10,000 a month

Flipping his way to success.

KUALA PILAH – When we were kids, we always aspired to have a career that would make our parents proud and bring in high income such as being a lawyer, doctor, or engineer.

But as this man would later reveal, even the lowliest kind of jobs can prove to be a gold mine too.

Sells 1,600 pieces of roti canai weekly

In an interview with Harian Metro, Kamarul Rizal Kamarudin, the owner of Abang Terbang Restaurant, said that he sells 400-500 pieces of roti canai during weekdays and 700 pieces daily over the weekend.

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The 42-year-old, who has been in the business for the past 22 years, said he began making roti canai at the tender age of 14.

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After finishing school, I had the opportunity to work as a roti canai maker before leaving for Bukit Baru, Melaka to learn from a guru in honing my roti canai making skills,” he told the Malay daily.

After spending two months there, he then started working at a restaurant in Paroi, Seremban and later worked at more than 10 restaurants as a distributor. He also opened three restaurants but they all proved to be unsuccessful.

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Despite the setback, the father of three said that it taught him the essentials of managing a business.

“Thanks to those experiences, I was finally able to open Abang Terbang Restaurant in August 2020.”

Inspired by a friend

Kamarul also encouraged youths who are currently unemployed and uninterested in continuing their studies to venture into roti canai making business as its demand is at an all-time high.

I was inspired by a friend who managed to expand his career in Brunei and earned up to RM10,000. There are also many others who did the same in Singapore and Australia.

“I also teach all my staff to make roti canai themselves to ensure that they have the skill even though their sole job is to take customer orders,” he said.

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When asked about his thoughts about netizens mocking state youth and sports committee chairman Datuk Mohamed Taufek Abd Ghani’s suggestion of setting up a “roti canai academy”, Kamarul said that most aren’t aware of the lucrative salary one can get from the business.

Many people made fun of the idea and effort given by YB [Mohamad Taufek] because they thought it was ludicrous. But what they don’t know is that this same knowledge can help them secure a bright future.


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Source: Harian Metro

Editor: Sarah Yeoh