Malaysian pilot forced out of job amid the pandemic, takes off with a noddle stall

Malaysian captain Azrin Mohamad Zawawi has been a pilot for two decades now, but the coronavirus pandemic changed it all.

Every morning Azrin puts on his white uniform and black captain’s hat and heads to a small noodle stall he now runs in a suburb just outside the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

44-year-old, Azrin, is one of the thousands of staff who have lost their jobs after airlines were grounded by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I need some income because I was retrenched by my previous company,” said Azrin, whose most recent employer, Malindo Air, was forced to slash its workforce this month.

Deprived of a regular income, the father of four decided to start a food business, selling Malaysian dishes such as a curry noodle dish made from a family recipe, laksa, and a mixed fruit dish called rojak.

His business got a surge of unexpected publicity when a photograph of Azrin wearing his captain’s uniform with a red apron taken by his wife and posted on social media went viral.

It’s not only his attire that has pulled in customers but also the food he serves at ‘Kapten Corner’.

“The main thing is the food must be good…I’ve eaten here twice. The first time I brought my wife and now I bring my friends,” said a customer Azman Yunus.