LOST SOLES

Cob­bler Syafriel Sekum­bang, who op­er­ates a small stall in Banda Hilir, Me­laka, is grate­ful for the kind­ness of strangers who helped him take his busi­ness to new heights. writes

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picked up af­ter I put up the sign­board. Peo­ple now come to my stall to re­pair their shoes, in­clud­ing the for­eign­ers.

“I charge be­tween RM2 and RM5 for glu­ing, RM15 for stitch­ing, and be­tween RM40 and RM45 for chang­ing of soles.

“Some­times I do not charge a sin­gle sen if it in­volves just mending sim­ple holes in the soles,” he added.

“When I was in my 20s, I worked as a cob­bler in Medan, In­done­sia where I learnt how to mend, and even make shoes.

“We op­er­ated the busi­ness from my boss’ house with only about 10 to 20 peo­ple.

“If I had the raw ma­te­ri­als, I can even do cus­tom-made shoes for both men and women,

“One of the shoe­mak­ers is my friend who asked me to join him to seek greener pas­tures in Malaysia in 1980s. He told me that there was plenty of job op­por­tu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially as con­struc­tion work­ers.

“Even­tu­ally, I came to Me­laka in

Among the tools used by Syafriel Sekum­bang at his shop in Jalan Parameswara, Banda Hilir.

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