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Meet Spiderman Petai, The Perak Student Trying To Earn A Living For His Education

Meet Spiderman Petai, The Perak Student Trying To Earn A Living For His Education

He’s your friendly neighbourhood petai seller!

Kirat Kaur

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If you’ve been driving down the roads of Slim River, Kuala Kubu Baru or Ipoh, Perak in the past few weeks, you might have noticed the unusual sight of Spiderman peddling petai by the roadside.

Meet Spiderman Petai, your friendly neighbourhood petai seller here to protect you from a petai-less existence.

The heroic petai seller is actually 22-year-old Selvakumar K. Tharmalingam from Slim River, Perak who’s been hard at work selling petai in the last few months to make a living.

In an interview with SJ Echo, the Business Administration of International Business degree student explained that he began this enterprise two months ago after his classes moved online, leaving him with ample time to get some side income.

Credit: SJ Echo

With the income from his petai trade, Selvakumar – who lives with his grandmother- explains that it goes to covering their monthly expenses.

But even more than that, he told Astro Ulagam that he can now fund his own studies using the petai money instead of relying on a study loan.

But why Spiderman Petai?

Well, why not?

Selvakumar told SJ Echo that his grandfather used to sell petai, but no one took over the business after his passing.

As for the Spidey costume, he explained that he wanted to stand out, and chose the most well-loved character he could think of – Spiderman!

People get attracted to Spiderman and they buy petai from me. My marketing strategy actually works. It proves to me that one must not only work hard but work smart as well.

Selvakumar aka Spiderman Petai to SJ Echo.

He buys petai from the Orang Asli community in Perak, and sells it in Kuala Kubu Bharu, and the Slim River night market at RM10 for a bunch.

But he doesn’t plan on doing it forever, as the hardworking young man dreams of being a policeman one day.

If you’d like to support Selvakumar on his heroic petai-selling business, reach out to him via Instagram at @spiderman_petai or WhatsApp him at 010-3827169.


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