Su­perMum Bak­ery a hit with sin­gle moth­ers

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PETALING JAYA: Af­ter be­ing wid­owed for four years, Shirley Then de­cided it was time to take up a new skill to ease her woes.

“I missed my hus­band and kept say­ing that I was very lonely. I did not know what to do. He had passed away due to kid­ney fail­ure.

“How­ever, my friend, who is also my class­mate at the Su­perMum Bak­ery, in­sisted I should try my hand at bak­ing to keep me oc­cu­pied,” said the 66-year-old mother of two when met at the Su­perMum out­let in Ta­man Me­gah re­cently.

Then was glad that the pro­gramme not only helped her ther­a­peu­ti­cally, but also gave her an op­por­tu­nity to share pic­tures of cook­ies with her daugh­ter in Aus­tralia.

“We would com­pare pic­tures with each other be­cause she is also a good cook,” she said.

Apart from bak­ing, her daily rou­tine starts at 7am with her pack­ing freshly­baked buns and bread and is fol­lowed by sweep­ing the small shop clean be­fore fin­ish­ing up work at 4pm.

Work­ing six days a week, she grinned when asked to re­call chal­lenges at the bak­ery. “As you can see, there is a large va­ri­ety of prod­ucts sold here,” she said, while proudly show­ing the de­li­cious­look­ing rolls of buns and cakes.

“I had to mem­o­rise the dif­fer­ent names of 60 bun va­ri­eties and their prices!”

She points at a cor­ner of the bak­ery where other snacks are sold at an af­ford­able price of RM1.50 each for school chil­dren who fre­quent the premises.

Also present was Ro­tary Club Petaling Jaya (RCPJ) pres­i­dent Siti Haslin­dah Sheikh Is­mail, who hopes sin­gle moth­ers would use this plat­form to be­come in­de­pen­dent and es­tab­lish their own bak­ing busi­nesses.

“Sin­gle moth­ers can also work here part-time while learn­ing the bak­ing busi­ness,” she said, adding that RCPJ will pub­li­cise the pro­gramme through its Face­book and web­site.

The pro­gramme was con­ceived in early 2005 when Har­jit Singh, then RCPJ pres­i­dent and his school­mate, R. Nadeswaran of theSun, dis­cussed the news­pa­per’s role in the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of tsunami vic­tims in Aceh.

ZULKIFLI ERSAL/THE SUN

Then ar­rang­ing some bread rolls and buns at the bak­ery.

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