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.