KOTA BARU: The idiom ‘go fly a kite’ means to tell someone annoying to go away, but for a young couple here it has become a means of earning a living.
Wan Mohd Zaid Wan Razak and his wife Wan Norsyamimi Wan Mohamad from Kampung Kedai Buluh here have been selling various types of multi-coloured and multi-shaped kites for children for the last 10 years.
The couple, both 32, began their kite business in 2011 and the arsenal of tethered heavier-than-air or lighter-than-air craft that they sell to their young customers include the moon and cartoon designs.
“It is hard to look for a permanent job for a living nowadays and therefore, we sold children’s kites since we got married to help us earn some income.
“We have been travelling from one place to another initially to sell the kites, but five years ago, we opened a stall at a beach in Kota Baru permanently,” said Zaid.
The father of three said their business was doing well until the Covid-19 pandemic struck the nation.
“We had to close our business for almost seven months following the pandemic and are relying on our savings for our daily expenses.
“We resumed our trade last week and praise be to God, we are slowly getting back our business,” he said.
Wan Syamimi said their kites are priced between RM3 and up to RM70 each.
“The RM70 kite is special and we only sell it on special occasions. This kite differs from others in terms of its size and has a luxurious design,” she said.
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