Repairing shoes is like playing masak masak for 88-year-old cobbler

Mr Low Poh Lye at his shoe repair shop in Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre. The octogenarian still works each morning "to pass the time, have some fun", even though he does not need the income.
Mr Low Poh Lye at his shoe repair shop in Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre. The octogenarian still works each morning "to pass the time, have some fun", even though he does not need the income.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

At the age of 88, Mr Low Poh Lye still works each day as a cobbler, although he says the work does not bring in much income.

He earns about $400 a month, with the rent on his shop taking more than half of that.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 01, 2019, with the headline 'Now, repairing shoes is like playing masak masak'. Print Edition | Subscribe