Wak Aik Shoemaker has stood for over 90 years. It began with a Chinese migrant named Eng Tong, who came to Malaya in 1918 to work as a labourer. He later worked in a coffee shop before starting a business in shoes.
Eng Tong learnt the art of making shoes for lotus feet from a Hokkien shoemaker about 10 years after he arrived in the Peninsula. Wah Aik still makes these tiny shoes today, but they are sold only as souvenirs.
A pair costs RM95. It is a labour-intensive trade. When I dropped in out of curiosity recently, there were two elderly gentlemen at work on feet-pedal sewing machines.
A Singer brand sewing machine which is more than 100 years old. The owner told me that this is pass from his grandfather, to his father, and now to him. My mum also has one, the Singer brand very durable, one of the best brand for sewing machine.