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Fathers’ Day – A Tribute to My Father
It is Fathers’ Day soon and I wish to pay tribute to my father, Seet Ju San, to commemorate this very special day.
My father was only six years old when he began harvesting sugarcane in his family’s backyard. He would then sell them door-to-door, barefooted. His tireless endeavour earned him his first pair of slippers. He shared this story with my siblings and I many times, contrasting his difficult childhood with ours. We never had to starve.
As a teenager, he worked in a biscuit factory, with a meagre income. Yet, he managed to save enough to purchase his first motorcycle. Thus began his next adventure as a “Rotiman.” Rain or shine, he would ride his little motorcycle through the villages and housing estates to pedal his wares of snacks and breads. Within a few years, he accumulated enough capital and acquired his first van. He then upgraded as a “Rotiman” on the city streets.
With his diligence and frugality, he achieved another milestone by opening a convenience shop, Lucky Trading in 1980. Overtime, the shop became a household name in Malacca.
Despite his fame and fortune, Seet Ju San continued to live frugally. While we went about in our latest Nike shoes, he was unwilling to even spend on a pair of Bata work shoes he needed.
My father passed away due to a minor fall at home on 3 rd October 2017. His legacy lives on. The provision shop he founded is still in operation, currently in its 42nd year.
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