Muniandi, a vendor who sells fresh bread off his motorbike, has been passing through the town of Balik Pulau in Malaysia for 3 decades. He has made ties with the people, talked to them on a daily basis, and seen them grow over the course of 30 years. In return, he is remembered fondly by many and is even considered a “legend” which is something the town wished to cement by immortalizing him in his very own mural.
Acit Raman Abdullah and Andhar A Samah, two street artists, collaborated together to bring this idea to life. The tribute was borne out of a respect for Muniandi’s work ethic and dedication to his job. But it was only after the mural was presented to Muniandi that people began to appreciate how truly hard-working this man is.
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A Facebook post from his daughter, ML MV, described the diligence and care Muniandi puts into his labor. She explained that he would rise at 8:30 am daily only to return home at noon in order to work on the farm. Muniandi would only take a short 30-minute break after tending to the farm then he would continue his sales until finishing his supply late at night.
On his days off, his daughter shares, he would continue work by accomplishing some farming chores. According to her, Muniandi “is a human-robot that doesn’t need a charger.” And it was exactly this quality of commitment which put his children through schooling and allowed them to achieve futures as a doctor, lawyer, and engineer.
Even now, at the age of 56 and living with osteoarthritis, Muniandi continues to soldier on.
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