By: Michelle Liew
The songs “Bila Bunga Dipetik Orang” and “Kerana Menyintaimu by Sejati were some of the most popular music among the 90s youth but now the singer has to make a living transporting garbage for survival- and he shows us a different perspective as to his current career.
Sejati vocalist, Yazid Alias, 55, expressed that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he was no longer invited to perform his songs in events. This was due to the rule standard of procedures and the need for social distancing. While the inevitable downward spiral of his career as a singer during the pandemic was full of lament, Yazid had a positive outlook towards this and took the opportunity to switch careers.
According to Harian Metro, for the sake of survival he had to change his career by finding a halal job that could support his family life.
“Every day, starting at 9 am, I ride a tricycle to collect wages to collect garbage around Kampung Balun and Kampung Balun’s Structured Housing Plan (RPT).
“Every house that gets my services will give me a wage of RM10 a month and there are also those who generously give more after seeing the seriousness of the work I do,” he said.
Yazid mentioned that the residents always show him support because he helps make the village area clean and free from garbage. Despite the fact that he was once a popular artist, he shows no signs of being ashamed of his shift in career.
“Why be ashamed to transport garbage because this is halal work and I do not care what job is offered as long as it is halal to support my family.
“I am thankful because I am still endowed with a healthy body to work to support my family and during the school holidays, my son, Prince Norsyareza, 12, also helped,” he said.
Yazid notes that after transporting and placing rubbish in the rubbish bin provided by the local authority (PBT) near Taman Tasik Yang Dipertua (YDP) Slim River, he cleaned the rubbish bin with coconut waste.
“Coconut waste was sprinkled on the platform to remove the smell and absorb the waste water on the part of the platform before I returned to transport the garbage at the residents’ houses.
“Although this job is struggling with the smell of garbage, but for the sake of survival, I had to do it to support my family.”
“I am calm and happy with the job I am doing now and most importantly I am able to be independent for my family.”
There is no doubt that garbage collectors are essential to our society. Their role is often undermined despite bearing significance to our daily lives.
Yazid teaches us that every job should be duly appreciated and we must learn to see the brighter side of everything.
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