This bread seller has been known by locals in Balik Pulau, Penang, for over 30 years, but he just recently garnered internet celebrity after a street artist shared a touching recollection of him on social media.
Acit Raman Abdullah, a Malaysian street artist, told a touching story about growing up with the bread vendor Muniandi for the previous three decades, recalling how Muniandi remembers him as a youngster who liked sketching on the ground.
“‘I can still remember you are the one who loves drawing on the ground, right?’” Muniandi asked Acit, adding that he reversed his motorcycle after he realized he accidentally blocked Acit’s drawing.
Their encounter that day has left a long-lasting impression on Acit who was surprised that Muniandi could remember him as a boy who used to draw on the ground despite 30 years having passed.
Fast forward to years later after Acit has made a name as an artist, he decided to contact Muniandi if he could draw a mural of him.
He remembered not having to introduce himself to the bread vendor because he already knew who Acit was and where he lived. “‘I’m even acquainted with your mum.” Muniandi replied to him, “She used to swap coins with me.”
“Muniandi is a Balik Pulau legend. Regardless of race, everyone knows who he is. Acit stated on Facebook that he has been selling kaya bread for 30 years.
In his post, Acit wrote that during his time selling kaya bread for the last three decades, Muniandi has managed to see his young customers grow up to have children on their own.
“I am most impressed with Muniandi for the sacrifices he made for the sake of his family. All of his children have grown up to be a doctor, a lawyer and one who is studying to be a chemical engineer,” he continued. “Hats off to him. He can be an icon for Merdeka or Malaysia Day this year,” Acit wrote.