Nasi lemal seller's love for antique cars helps attract customers. Photo: Bernama

BATU PAHAT: In a rare ‘relationship’ with a classic car Volvo 122 Amazon and Malaysian favourite ‘nasi lemak’ in Senggarang here, is a man who is in love with the former and depends on the later for his livelihood.

Mohsin Yusop, 40, a nasi lemak seller, has 10 of the same cars, produced during the 1960s, in his collection.

Out of the ten, five had been modified, and two out of the five, were being used by Mohsin and his wife, Norazlina Jaafar, 38 to sell nasi lemak, resulting in them receiving the moniker ‘Nasi Lemak Volvo RM1’ by customers.

“The five modified Volvo have their respective names such as Master Hawk, Mini On and Sampan Volvo Jaguh. Besides that, one of the cars is regularly rented for ceremonies like wedding and retirement.

“In fact, one of the cars is now being modified into a food truck for my use to sell nasi lemak in the future,” he told to Bernama.

According to Mohsin, he started the hobby of collecting Volvo cars five years ago after finding it difficult to ferry his nasi lemak on his Modenas Jaguh motorcyle to the place of business located about one kilometre from his house.

As such, he started to customise an antic car, which he had bought a few years back, for transporting 500 packs of nasi lemak daily.

“I did not expect the Volvo and Modenas Jaguh combination to became an attraction to boost our sale,” said the father of three children, aged five to 13 years old.

Although, he was actively carrying out modification works on the cars, Mohsin said, he still kept one car in its original form as his main transportation.

“Initially, many said it was weird seeing me buying many old junks, but now after witnessing the results, they finally understand,” said Mohsin who had spent about RM60,000 on the hobby. – Bernama