COUNT­ING

The iconic tr­ishaw ped­allers in Pe­nang are old, home­less and des­ti­tute

New Straits Times - - News -

MO­HAMED BASYIR

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SIT­TING in his three­wheeled tr­ishaw, tired af­ter a day of ped­alling, Ah Seng lights a mos­quito coil as he pre­pares to call it a day. At 68, Ah Seng ad­mits he is no longer as strong as he was when he first started ped­alling the iconic tr­ishaw 20 years ago, but reck­ons that there could be a few more years left in him.

Re­luc­tant to speak much of his per­sonal life, Ah Seng said he lived on the street, bathed in pub­lic toi­lets and ev­ery­thing he owned was in a bag un­der­neath the tr­ishaw seat.

Ah Seng is one of the 150-odd tr­ishaw ped­allers left in Pe­nang.

Songs have been writ­ten about them, mu­rals painted and they have

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