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2011. While my friend con­tin­ued to take on odd jobs, I de­cided to start a small busi­ness fix­ing shoes. I called it ‘Klinik Ka­sut’ and it was lo­cated in front of a sa­lon.

“Busi­ness was pretty good un­til the sa­lon was closed down to make way for a self-ser­vice laun­dry shop. That’s how I de­cided to move to Banda Hilir.

“Even­tu­ally, I met the peo­ple who changed my busi­ness for­ever.”

New Sun­day Times spoke to Win­ston Chan, a pro­pri­etor of Sign World Ad­ver­tis­ing, who de­cided to come up with the sign­board for Syafriel.

“When he first came here to start his shoe-re­pair busi­ness, he did not even have a proper sign­board.

“He had only hand­writ­ten pieces of card­boards with the words ‘Klinik Ka­sut’.

“The name Klinik Ka­sut is quite com­mon and is used by most lo­cal cob­blers here.

“I no­ticed that Syafriel was hav­ing a tough time at­tract­ing cus­tomers, so I wanted to help Syafriel give his busi­ness a bet­ter-sound­ing name on a proper sig­nage.

“I took lit­er­a­ture in school and I re­mem­ber the phrase ‘mender of bad soles’ in Shake­speare’s Julius Cae­sar. It in­spired me to come up with the name for the sign­board, with the word ‘bad’ re­placed with ‘lost’.”


Cob­bler Syafriel Sekum­bang does what he loves best — mending shoes, a skill he learnt as a young man in his vil­lage in Medan.

Syafriel Sekum­bang pre­vi­ously op­er­ated his busi­ness in front of a shop in Batu Beren­dam be­fore mov­ing to his cur­rent lo­ca­tion.

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