Wednesday August 1, 2012
Teacher goes the extra mile for a better Raya
By RUBEN SARIO
KOTA KINABALU: Mohd Raihan Alias is working longer hours this Ramadan month to give his family an extra special Hari Raya this year.
Standing by the roadside near the Putatan railway station here, the 33-year-old sells Terengganu-styled raw keropok lekor from his motorcycle.
He has been selling the snacks together with bottles of the sambal sauce dip from 4pm to about 6.30pm daily. He has been doing this since the fasting month began.
Mohd Raihan said he started selling the keropok lekor about four months ago.
“I used to deliver the snacks to my customers' doorsteps,” he said.
However, for the month of Ramadan, he decided to sell them by the roadside, said Mohd Raihan, who hails from Kota Baru, Kelantan.
The primary school teacher in Tanjung Aru said the demand for his savoury snack had increased during this period.
“I think many Muslims like to break their fast with keropok lekor. It is tasty and filling,” he said, adding that the extra income would be a Raya bonus for his wife Wan Faezah Wan Ibrahim, also a teacher, and two-year-old daughter Siti Nor Asma.
“Those who have tried my keropok lekor usually come back for more,” Mohd Raihan said. “Some would even place their orders for the next day.”
His keropok lekor is made based on a recipe his family has had for generations.
“We add more fish in it than flour and the sauce is finger-licking good,” he pointed out.
Mohd Raihan also said his business by the roadside has not affected his job as a teacher.
“It only takes a few hours daily to manage it.”