Wong Wee Jong

ABC

“So far so good lah. I have got all my regular customers. From my father's side now. All become datuk grandfather, grandmother with the cucu, they come here a lot.”

Air Batu Campur

Interviewed on
9 November 2018

I’m selling ice pak poh, ABC, cendol, traditional rojak and a lot of things.

Can you tell us what’s your name, how old you are, where you were born?
I’m born in Melaka. My age is around 60 years.

And what’s your full name?
My full name is Wong Wee Jong.

So, I address you as Mr. Wong.
Ok, thank you.

So, this is the first, second generation of this shop?
Second generation.

So, you get it from your father?
Ya.
So, when did your father open the shop?
More than 70 years.

Is it in the same place?
Yes, same place.

So, this shop is very popular, famous with all these newspaper articles. What do you feel about it?
So far so good lah. I have got all my regular customers. From my father’s side now. All become datuk grandfather, grandmother with the cucu, they come here a lot.

And the recipe, is it the same recipe your father uses?
I think so, we try to make the same thing. Traditional thing, for my customers.

Is it a secret? Can you tell us?
Yes.

Ok, it’s a trade secret lah?
Ha ha

For the future, you have your son to take over?
No,no they are working in KL.I don’t think they would do this.

So, this is like a dying trade?
This sort of shop and coffee maker is a dying trade.

So, what do you think about what we can do to make it more interesting for the new generation to get involved in this dying trade?
If they want to take over also can. Cause I got lots of regular customers. They just need to renovate it and make it as a cafe.

That’s the problem, nowadays.
If they want to.

So, your son or whatever won’t be the 3rd generation would do it?
I don’t think so lah.

What’s inspire you for the future?
I just work till I retire lah.

Thank You Mr Wong