Mat Cleaner UK
Author: Ahmad Affzan Abdullah Publisher: Komrad ISBN: 9789671370070
THIS is author Ahmad Affzan’s recollection of his five years in the United Kingdom, which opened his eyes to the realities of living in this historical and vibrant metropolitan city.
Ahmad Affzan was one of the 128 students given the chance to further his studies in the UK under the ‘Penghantaran Terus United Kingdom’ (PTUK) programme.
After two years at Bedford Modern School for his A-Levels, he was later accepted into the Imperial College in London.
Faced with the high cost of living in London, his friend, Zul, advised him to take up a part-time job as a cleaner, which could earn him around £400 to £500 a month. Hence, the title of the book.
There are 28 chapters, each telling a different story.
On Kebab Lolita, the name of a popular kebab joint in London, Ahmad Affzan tells how when it comes to food, people go for price rather than taste. Its cheap prices makes it extremely popular, even though its food is not the best-tasting.
On Tergamam Dengan Pelakon Teater, he tells of how he was touched by the determination and strength of people with disabilities who still managed to navigate their way through life and the world despite their physical challenges.
Mat Cleaner UK offers an insight into the trials and tribulations of living on foreign soil, which can be a guide to those who are intending to live, study or work in the UK. – Aina Natasha