Monir came to Malaysia 10 years ago when he was 24. He is married with two sons, who are both studying hard at 13 and 17 years old respectively. Monir plans to provide them with better education; he also wants to buy a paddy field and live the quaint, honest life of a farmer.
V8 is one of five siblings: two brothers and two sisters. Nicknamed ‘the prince of love’, 27-year-old V8 wants to find a girlfriend in back Vietnam and marry her. He has spent 7 years in Malaysia.
Six years ago, a young Khokom left his then 44-year-old father, 34-year-old mother and 6-year old brother to set foot in Malaysia. Now 24, he is recognised for being an outstanding leader of the production team. As he steadily climbs the career ladder, his dream of buying a house and land for his family becomes increasingly within reach.
Having spent 9 years in Malaysia, Farid is happily married and the owner of a house and land. But as his family grows with an 8-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter, the 34-year-old plans to upgrade to a bigger house.
Six years ago, 24-year-old Sajib departed from Bangladesh with a luggage full of dreams. He has his sight set on a plot of land at home, upon which he will build a home, and a path to the ivory tower for his brother of 15 years old. The grand plan is estimated to cost him RM500,000.
29-year-old Abu Kamsar came to Malaysia six years ago. Recently, his mother passed away, leaving behind his father of 70 years old. He dreams of going back to Bangladesh to reunite with his family. With his savings, he’ll help expand his brother’s phone repairing business and start his own.
Abu Yusuf, who came to Malaysia 9 years ago at 33 years old, is a family man: his dream is to have a baby with his wife and give his family a better life. The aspiration intensified when not long ago, his mother was struck by an illness that required a lot of money to treat.
26-year-old Jomir beams proudly when talking about his 19-year-old brother, who is currently an undergraduate. His goal is to buy a land back in his home country Bangladesh, which will cost about RM300,000.
29-year-old Mamum is a loyal romantic at heart: he is in a six-year long distance relationship with his girlfriend back in Bangladesh, with whom he plans to marry, start a small business and form a happy family. Both Mamum’s parents are 55 years old, and they have two other sons and a daughter.
BALAK’s isn’t a brand of great idealism, it’s more about realism. We don’t have grand plans of benefiting the society or changing the world, we do what we do for ourselves and the people dear to us. Working day and night just for those leaving a light on.
“10,000 hours is the amount of practice you must put in to attain mastery.” – Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell. Geniuses aren’t born; they’re made. If you work 8 hours a day and 5 days a week, then 5 years is all it takes to achieve excellence.
You don’t have to be born brimming with talent or intelligence; no haloes or wings needed. Just like us.
So, if your heart and mind are in the right places, why aren’t you getting what you want?
—Lucas Eng, Founder of BALAK’s
– Proudly represent to you by the people of Bukit Mertajam. (山脚下的我们） –