Gordon Seet from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah was a hotelier and rose from the ranks over 20 years to become the general manager of a five-star hotel.
He used to head an organisation which represented about 100 hotels, with its employees running into the thousands.
However, like many others, he was not spared when the Covid-19 pandemic struck and today, he is a delivery rider for several companies and a licensed property dealer.
Refusing to bow down to any obstacles, Gordon, the former Malaysian Association of Hotels (Sabah and Labuan chapter) chairman left the hotel industry last year, and since then, assumed new opportunities.
Like other Malaysians, Gordon sought all the assistance he was entitled too and did try seeking work in the industry in other states and countries.
However, he said the offers were less attractive and there was no guarantee employment would continue should the lockdown start again.
But he’s not given up hope. Reality aside, he still harbours hope of returning to the industry.
“Given the opportunity, why not? But it would not be the same as the pre-Covid-19 days. Any spike in cases could ultimately cause for tighter controls of entry and maybe lockdowns again causing business uncertainty.”
“The vaccination programme gives many a sliver of hope for the future.”
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