“I left my homeland Bangladesh 27 years ago when my fifth child was just 6 months old. I haven’t returned since. I miss my family and they miss me too. But this is for them.
All of this is for their future.
I came to Malaysia because I heard there were plenty of jobs here. Even if it is just doing jobs that no one else wants to do, I’ll do it. I’ve been doing it 7 days a week, 365 days a year for the past 27 years. I haven’t once taken a day of sick leave or even an off day. And I’m still going strong, insha’Allah.
My needs here are simple. I send most of my earnings back to my family. I wake up, I bathe, I have my breakfast, I go to work, I come back, I talk to my family back home over the phone, I rest and it’s the same thing the next day, and the day after that. I have made some good friends here, too.
One of my daughters is now a judge, another is a doctor and my son is an engineer. I’m thankful for what they have achieved.
This December I will be going home for good and finally see my family again. It will be the first time I’ll see my two grandchildren too.
I can hardly wait.”
Abu Bakar is a 70-year old cleaner who works at Klang Parade. He is the oldest among his crew.
Source: Humans of Kuala Lumpur