Kuala Lumpur: Once a week, Captain Izzat Hakimi Izham Nawi, 30, flies a commercial plane carrying passengers to any domestic location but the next day, he changes duties to a ‘pilot’ truck carrying furniture across the Peninsula.
That has been Izzat Hakimi’s routine since March last year when his income as a pilot of a local airline decreased by up to 80 percent due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the daily wage received has been reduced by up to 80 per cent as airlines are severely affected.
“Before becoming a truck pilot, I ‘sat’ for a week and was saddened by what happened. I then got up because I wanted to change my destiny,” he said.
According to Izzat Hakimi, he became a food deliveryman but stopped a week later because he felt it was not compatible with him.
He said, during his work as a food deliverer, there were three cases of death due to road accidents involving food conveyors causing him to also worry.
“I switched to furniture delivery and in the early stages, I used a four-wheel drive vehicle.
“I do this job alone but there are times, I have to ask for customer help if I need to lift large-sized furniture.
“Among the unforgettable memories is breaking the fast on the road during Ramadan and working until 4 am on the night of Aidilfitri,” he said, who hails from Shah Alam, Selangor.
According to the father of three, his delivery service received encouraging response before he expanded the business by buying a three-ton truck.
“This allows me to ship items in greater quantities, not even winning hands managing them.
“Now I am assisted by five friends, some of whom are still working as pilots as well as some who have been fired as business partners,” he said.
Izzat Hakimi admits that he is happy because indirectly, he can help his classmates who have lost their jobs in addition to reduced income.
“Although the salary or salary paid may not be the same as the pilot but it is enough to buy daily necessities for children and families,” he said, who was also assisted by his brother in the purchase of the truck.
According to Izzat Hakimi, although her life routine has changed and she is more on the streets and going home to work early in the morning, she is quite grateful because she is still given sustenance to support her family.
“I have never been ashamed to be a truck driver wearing a T-shirt as uniform daily official.
“I am also not clumsy with this job. Some customers know my background as a pilot and they are happy with this effort,” he said.
According to Izzat Hakimi, he will continue his business if the country’s aviation sector recovers, and is even determined to continue the Pok Jak Transporter & Services brand.
Source: utama by www.hmetro.com.my.
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