The aviation industry has undoubtedly taken a hard hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving airliner workers jobless.
To cope with this tough period, Captain Azrin Mohamad Zawawi, who used to fly planes for a living, now mans a roadside stall called “Kapten Corner”.
A Facebook post from his father, Mohamad Zawawi Ahmad, went viral after photos showed Captain Azrin donning his full pilot uniform (including an apron) while operating his stall at Boom Town USJ11. Zawawi had mentioned that he didn’t know when his son would wear the uniform again as the future of the aviation industry is unknown.
“Kapten Corner” is operated by Captain Azrin and his wife, Yanie, along with his mother-in-law, who is the main cook. The stall, which is named as a gimmick to his respectable profession, serves a variety of local dishes including Mee Kari Ipoh, Bihun Sup, Laksa Utara and Rojak Buah priced at RM7 each.
According to NST, Captain Azrin was among the 2,200 Malindo Air crew that was retrenched at the end of October. He told the portal, “Knowing well that me and my family will be hard-hit managing our finances and lives, I decided to fall back on my culinary skills which I had picked up after leaving school more than two decades ago.”
He mentioned that his stall could garner around RM1,500 a month compared to his estimated monthly income of RM50,000 as a pilot. Azrin also has an impressive background to his flying career, previously piloting for Malaysia Airlines, Firefly, and Jakarta Air before flying with Malindo Air for more than five years.
Many netizens showed their support for the captain by leaving positive words and warm wishes in the comments section of his father’s Facebook post. They even gave their respects to Captain Azrin for his efforts, with some even planning to stop by the stall.
Read their comments below:
If you’re staying near the area, feel free to show some support by paying a visit to “Kapten Corner” in Boom Town Cafe at USJ 11!