Former chef seeks more workers for his online food business


A FORMER chef who ventured into the online food business since the Movement Control Order began is now looking to employ more workers to meet growing demand.

Ahmad Fazree Zakaria, 34, said he previously offered his nasi ayam, nasi ambeng and ayam penyet through Facebook and Whatsapp to his former customers, but with growing demand he now employs four delivery staff.

He said with the MCO restricting movements to a 10 km radius, his delivery staff are chosen from different zones – northern, southern and central Sungai Petani, Kedah – as well as one for special deliveries.

This strategy has enlarged his delivery coverage and orders, he said in a blog on the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) website.

Ahmad Fazree said he gets 30 to 50 orders for his nasi ambeng, which is popular in Johor but rarely available in Kedah.

With business expanding, he said, he will need to employ four more workers to prepare the food as well as to deliver it – he now sells up to 500 packs of nasi lemak daily, and has started offering nasi kambing and nasi Arab, demand for both of which is rising.

In the future, he said, he wants to develop an app to facilitate delivery and payment transactions, but with his lack of IT skills would appreciate help from people with the expertise.

Ahmad Fazree’s efforts are in line with MDEC’s call to micro and small entrepreneurs to promote their business online.

Its chief executive officer Surina Shukri said the agency’s support for small and micro entrepreneurs is not limited to those involved in its own programmes.

Every level of society, she said, can benefit from the portal which has taught e-commerce skills to 183,290 digital entrepreneurs.

The portal is constantly updated and is suitable for those new to e-commerce, she added.