After 35 years, Penang’s oldest rickshaw maker to retire

Kamal Ariffin

CHOO Yew Choon, 65, one of the last rickshaw makers in Penang, is planning to retire from the job he inherited 35 years ago.

The senior citizen is the family’s fourth generation to inherit the business, which has existed for more than a century.

Choo first became directly involved in rickshaw-making and repairs in Penang in 1989 after his father fell ill.

His family business originated at Lebuh Chulia and was sited there for more than 80 years before it had to relocate due to a rise in rental rates.

Given his age, Choo now plans to completely retire from the job of making and repairing rickshaws.

Choo, however, is not sure whether there will be another rickshaw-making shop to replace his when he eventually takes a bow. – June 12, 2022.

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