Ex-manager earns $7,000 a month as cabby
Mr Muhammad Hasnor Hashim, 32, quit his $5,000 a month job as a security manager a year ago to become a cabby, and he has no regrets.
"My taxi is a money machine," said the father of three, who has a diploma in administration. "Every day, I see the money and it is directly dependent on how hard I work." He earns an average of about $7,000 a month working Mondays to Saturdays, he said, and gets to join his family for dinner every day. Sunday is his day off.
The driver with Premier Taxis finds it puzzling when some cabbies complain that it is a struggle to earn a living. It could be because some are semi-retired and spend time in coffee shops chatting, he said.
Mr Muhammad believes that a driver has to put in more effort if he wants to earn a good living behind the wheel of a taxi. "It's all about discipline and knowing when and where to go," he added. That means working hard, staying on the road when it rains and being willing to drive at night as well.