A Despatch Boy's Future

Many people have mistaken that the positions of a Despatch Boy has rather limited & stagnant future. I also had similar thoughts on them, not sure if they have ambitious plans to be successful, make money and get married. Buy a car, a house and start a family as the long lists go on. I spoke to many of them who had come and gone under my company's employment. 

I decided to help them to build their work experience which would help shape their future employments elsewhere as I do not encourage them to work in our office till retirement.

I am proud to share that my plans had paid off several times after grooming our Despatch Boys. My office needs 5 Despatch Boys daily to handle all our many deliveries, collections, banking and errands. They have to report to me from time to time and I would always remind them to work smartly. They would get biggest hell from me whenever I received complaints from their seniors or our 3 Datuk bosses. In return, they would be given the chance to become my right hand man after showing their earnest desires to climb the career. In between their daily despatch jobs, I would teach them the tricks & trades to handle the tedious applications for our foreign workers' permits, applications for outdoor advertising license and permits, compliance lists of Fire & Safety of Factory rules and macam-macam lagi....... Along the way, I would also give them practice using Words & Excel softwares on the PC which was always a headache to many. I would constantly motivate them to use their little experience to upgrade their CV for future employment as Admin Assistants or License Supervisors. 

There was a staff named Fitri who joined our company after seeing my advertisement inside the 7-Eleven's notice board 3 years ago. That fateful day, Fitri was feeling very down and angry with his ex boss. He promptly went inside the convenience store to buy cigarettes & Slurpee drink to chill his head. He could not believe his eyes when he saw my advertisement with the words "5 Day Work" for a Despatch Clerk plus benefits. I interviewed him the next day and was surprised that Fitri in his early 20s had to work 7 days weekly for almost 2 years! His previous company worked 6 full days per week and he had to be on stand-by on Sundays which paid little overtime wages. He almost had to work every Sunday for 2 years! Goodness, his ex boss was a tyrant and exploited him.

Fitri was the most polite and hardworking guy among the 5 Despatch Boys we have. He was always smiling with respectful greetings. I watched too much Korean dramas and insisted that the 5 Despatch guys must greet & nod their heads whenever they saw our Datuks & Datins inside the company. Of course our bosses liked them as normal staff would not bother to greet them as this is not Korea. Fitri learnt all the ropes from me for 3 long years and I felt that he respected me like the father he never had. 

One day, Fitri passed me an envelope and my heart skipped. I could guess that he had finally found a new job! I opened the envelope and found his Wedding Invitation card instead. He had long courted his fiancee for 8 years since their school days. I was happy for him but felt bad that his salary was not sufficient to start a new family. Since he would be staying with his mother, that should be comfortable to bring home his new wife. Several weeks later, Fitri passed me another envelope and I screamed at him!!! I joked & teased whether it was for his 2nd wedding? Indeed, it was his resignation letter. He apologized profusely that he had to take up the unexpected offer when he was not even planning to quit his present job. The new job pays him over 30% more with a rosy position as a Supervisor.


A MALAY WEDDING



 I attended Fitri & Wany's wedding somewhere in the kampung
deep inside Sungai Buloh.




The arrival of the handsome groom & his radiant bride!




This Raja Sehari - Fitri looked dashing like a Royalty. 




The bridal couple was accompanied by the bride's family entourage.



A band of Kompang boys followed behind beating the small drums.



  
The bride's entourage made their way into the compound of
the groom's house.




The groom's mother was the happiest lady on earth as he youngest
child had married. She hugged me tightly and thanked me for
grooming her son. My heart was melted and sank onto the floor.




Our special gift for the bride and groom. The gift of a Ceramic Induction
Cooker set was nicely wrapped with a specially printed card.
This photo of the gift got the HIGHEST LIKES inside his Facebook
and not even his bridal photos. 




The traditional door gifts of a Malay Wedding which contain
hard boiled eggs.




The famous DJ happened to be the groom's elder brother.





The groom's mother cooked everything by herself.




The buffet tables with chicken rice, cakes and desserts.




The groom's mother is a well known chef in their kampung.
So everyone loved her chicken rice and cakes.



The bride and groom at the main banquet table.



Their colourful wedding cake.




Floral decoration with hanging eggs.


"May The Bride & Groom
Enjoy An Everlasting Marriage"




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Comments

  1. All the best to Fitri and his new bride.

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  2. A very interesting read, as your training paid off. You are very lucky to have someone like Fitri, motivated and willing to succeed. Your heart of gold is now going to be passed on to his new job, to pay it forward.

    Love the card as well, *like, and congratulations to the newly wed couple.

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    1. I think I just did what would be good for them within my capability. I just sat down to think how they could rise up in their career and just worked on that...

      Education is always better than Gold. Your noble career certainly benefits many kids who would someday become nation's leaders.

      Thank you for your kind wishes!

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  3. after the funeral post, now comes the wedding ;-) I'm happy to see his wedding (although a total stranger) as well as glad to hear that he got a better position & pay. Future is bright for this young man!

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    1. I know... I know... I even thought of the famous 4 Weddings & A Funeral.. Muahahahaha

      I really felt this Fitri was truly blessed with good tidings and timing. A new job & A new wife!! That should have been the appropriate title of this post.

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  4. You are such a good boss. So is he doing well in his new job now? I guess despatch boys earn less than 1k a month so a 30% raise is a lot. Nice photos of the wedding.

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    1. I am just a small fart in the company. I felt sorry for many staff who could not climb up due to many reasons. The Despatch Team report to me and they earn the lowest at basic RM1200 + RM300 petrol (They use less than RM100 on petrol each month & balance to upkeep bike) One senior despatch handles licensing now & passes RM2K salary for long service. Why am I telling everyone's salary here?? Wakakakaka

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    2. I know you are a big shot in your company. GM no less and you are a kind and thoughtful person.

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  5. The hanging egg is bunga telur, found it very unique, I went to Malays wedding last time, noticed that it's a souvenir for guest after blessing session.

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    1. Oh yes!!! That is Bunga Telur! Sometimes they used real money to make a Flower Tree with eggs. So nice.

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  6. Wow!!!! Even in our small country we have despatchers who have become filthy rich and yes there are always ways like what you are doing; very great job you have done. Wish the bride and groom have a wonderful life ahead. By the way the marriage ceremony looks beautiful and grand!

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    1. Yes we do have many Despatchers who become filthy rich for becoming Middle Man. These touts could con and rip you off for their special services via personal connections.

      Their Malay weddings are always very interesting and jovial. Thank you for your kind wishes!

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  7. In my company is different, here they get angry when they can only work for 5 days (sometimes 4 if they are on shift crew). Because... 5 work days means no OT claims.

    Congrats to Fitri and Wany!

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    1. Your company is so huge and yet they pay them like contract workers. I normally fish out these poor despatch guys from other companies to join us. LOL

      Thank you for your kind wishes!

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  8. You are such a nice boss to motivate your staff but most important the staff is willing to learn and improve. Thumbs up for both of u and Fitri!

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    1. It is easier to train the despatch team as they have the least educational qualifications. The other staff & colleagues have too many certs & egoistic traits. No way I will help them lah...
      Thank you for your kind wishes!

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  9. TM, you are a very good boss. You care about your employees' future career prospects. Thumbs up to you! I love Malay weddings in the kampung. You can go to the reception at any time and help yourself to the food buffet style. Not only that, when you are leaving, they will tapau some of the food for you to take back!

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    1. If my little effort could give them a bigger future, why not? We are all humans and the happiness in return is priceless to me.

      I always love to get invited to Malay weddings too as the opportunity is rare for me. I would feast of their yummy spicy curries and tomato rice. Where got people tapao back at Malay weddings?? Wakakakaka.. I will bring my containers next time.

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  10. So boss mesti beri angpao kao kao!

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    1. I sudah kasi cooker set cukup lah. My big bosses gave ang pows, not meeeee! Heh heh heh

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  11. So nice of you to chart a career path for them.
    The cake looks good!

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    1. You would have done the same. If no, please do it lah.
      The cake looked like cheese based to me. Yummy!

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  12. You are such a good boss, nowadays hard to find such a good boss...

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  13. After one funeral post comes the wedding! Happily ever after, do wish them! I am sure he is very grateful to you, grooming him now to be a supervisor.... Syabas!

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  14. Wah! You are really a caring boss! LOL

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  15. Congrats to Fitri on his wedding and his new found job! :)

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  16. You are such a kind and caring boss, if only I have such a boss, cos usually the bosses I ran into in the past were stingy and calculative

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  17. Oh, I saw a new blog banner you have here, nice! I like!

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  18. I love attending Malay wedding like this. I enjoy the food that would be served in the Malay wedding. Kekeke!

    Anay, you are now looking for new despatch boy eh! Envy your depatch boys, even me need to work on Saturday full day.

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  19. That's nice of you to bring up your staffs instead of exploiting them. Wow .. What a sunptuous buffet!
    I guess it's great he found a better job due to your guidance ! I'm sure you are happy for him !! Hahaha
    Where's that thambee ? He Mia for too long liao!

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  20. Always sad to see a good employee go. All the best to Fitri on his new job and married life!

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  21. You are very very generous!!!! hahahaha, a leader develops his employee. A boss destroys his slay.

    Finally change blog design (^^) Nice!

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  22. Glad that you had done your best to groom Fitri. He needed someone to help him. Well done, TM!

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  23. What a nice story to read.. I like the part where you mentioned about Slurpee & ciggys.. haha.. Eh I like Slurpee too, and ONLY 7-11 has it ! Yup I think the same when you said you thought despatch got no future.. But in your inspiring story, indeed despatch can become supervisor, and from there, can become higher position in future.. You helped him to help himself and now he has a better job and bettee future.. We should be happy for him :)

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  24. wish this young man will have a very bright future.

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  25. All thanks to your hard work, he's off to build a family & a nice career! Well done, Tan! xoxo

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  26. I love the inspiring story of you helping your staff to build up his future and leading him to a road of success.

    I could not believe to see the spread of yummy food was cooked by the mom. So sweet of her.

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  27. That's very kind of you, TM! God bless you!

    I miss attending kenduri... Miss their food especially!! :p

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  28. Hi,
    I think you must be a very likable boss. so helpful to raise the next generation of staff! God bless you for your kindness.

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  29. i also attended a Malay traditional wedding. That was like 20 years ago...

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  30. Hi! The Malay wedding is very interesting. I enjoyed your photos very much. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. err...i think it;s something like teach a man to hunt rather than just giving him food.

    Good job.

    Eh...still have bunga telur ah. Nowadays the ones i went not many giving out bunga telur. i still remember when i was in primary school we went for friend;s sister or bro wedding and got bunga telur

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