IPOH, Malaysia (Sin Chew Daily / ANN) – Uncle Bit Bit is back selling snacks again!
The 92-year-old snack peddlar who has been selling snacks for the past 40 years in front of a Chinese primary school in Ipoh stopped after he met with an accident. His only car was totally damaged in the accident and he suffered light injuries.
Without the car, he was unable to operate his snack business again.
Zhou Wei was hoping someone to donate some money for him to buy a used car. His neighbour helped him to start raising fund online and the response was overwhelming.
Many people were willing to donate him a car.
A man from Kuala Lumpur identified as Zhang donated his second hand Proton Saga to Zhou. Zhou did not even get a chance to thank him personally.
“My neighbour who lives across the road took me to settle the paper work for the car. He also takes me to visit doctor. I am grateful that many want to help me,” said Zhou.
To many, he is a familiar face. After Zhou’s story was posted online, many netizens wished him a speedy recovery. Many were glad to see him back selling snacks.
Since young he drove a three-wheeled motorcycle to sell snacks by pressing his honks ‘Bit Bit’. That is how he is now called as Uncle Bit Bit. He started selling in front of school when he got older.
He did not make a lot of money selling snacks but he was contented with a simple life. Zhou, who is single for many years, has always insisted on earning his living.
He is also talkative and loves to chat with people.
“It is okay that you do not buy anything. I am glad to chat with you,’’ he told the reporter.
Zhou said he wants to continue working so that he will not be suffering from dementia.
He starts his day by setting up his stall at 10am at the school and returns home after 2pm. He is back in school at 4pm.
On Sunday and school holidays, he watches others playing games to keep his mind active.
The healthy Uncle Bit Bit has his way to maintain his health.
He takes bland food and stays away from fried and spicy food.
Occasionally, he enjoys the snacks that he sells.
“Sometimes the pupils tell me they do not have enough money. I will offer them free. The next day, they return the money to me.’’
He has his way of selling the snacks to the pupils. Some buy chewing gum. He will ask them whether they can swallow the gum. If the answer is yes, he will not sell.