SITI’S NASI LEMAK ANAK DARA PICKS UP

Hopes to set up a restau­rant

New Straits Times - - News -

MASRIWANIE MUHAMADING KUALA LUMPUR wanie@nst.com.my

RE­MEM­BER the en­tre­pre­neur who was slapped with a RM300 fine by the Shah Alam City Coun­cil for sell­ing nasi lemak with­out a li­cence in Shah Alam last year?

The story of Siti Ha­j­jar Ah­mad, 25, drew the at­ten­tion of Ne­ti­zens when she started busi­ness in Au­gust last year, not just be­cause of her good looks but also her “Nasi Lemak Anak Dara”.

Siti Ha­j­jar, who has a med­i­cal elec­tronic en­gi­neer­ing de­gree from Univer­siti Tun Hus­sein Onn Malaysia, is de­ter­mined to make her busi­ness suc­cess­ful.

She said her busi­ness had grown since she started sell­ing nasi lemak about seven months ago.

“When I first started, I could sell only be­tween 50 and 70 pack­ets of nasi lemak daily. Now, I sell 150 to 200 pack­ets daily, and re­ceive or­ders from an av­er­age of five cus­tomers a month.”

Siti Ha­j­jar said she had a busi­ness part­ner and an as­sis­tant to help her at the stall.

She said if busi­ness was good, she could earn about RM250 daily, and about RM7,500 monthly.

“I never thought of get­ting in­volved in the food and bev­er­age busi­ness.

“I started my busi­ness so I could earn money while wait­ing for a job.

“After some time, I re­alised that I could earn more by run­ning my own busi­ness com­pared with work­ing in a com­pany.

“I am de­ter­mined to pur­sue my dream to open a restau­rant and, hope­fully, a bou­tique.

“My mum used to per­suade me to pur­sue a ca­reer in en­gi­neer­ing, but she is now con­vinced that I can be suc­cess­ful in the food and bev­er­age busi­ness.”

Siti Ha­j­jar, who has been run­ning her nasi lemak stall in Sec­tion 7, Shah Alam, since Au­gust, ob­tained her busi­ness li­cence in De­cem­ber.

FILE PIC

Siti Ha­j­jar Ah­mad hold­ing her ‘Nasi Lemak Anak Dara’.

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