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Mok Yoke Lin, the 76- year-old founder of Aik Hin Motor Tayar, dedicated almost her whole life to the heavily male-dominated tyre industry.
The number of female drivers continues to rise in Malaysia, but you hardly find female automotive technicians and mechanics, as well as female tyre experts in the country. The same goes for female-owned and operated tyre servicing centres. This has made Mok Yoke Lin, the 76- year-old founder of Aik Hin Motor Tayar, who has dedicated almost her whole life to the heavily male-dominated tyre industry, even more special.
“I have been in the tyre servicing industry for more than 50 years,” she explains. “When I got married to my husband, I knew nothing about tyres and the industry. I stayed with my mother in-law after giving birth to my daughter. It was after I delivered my son that she gave me RM 5,000 as capital to set up my own business.”
Aik Hin was established in 1967 at Paramount Garden, Petaling Jaya. “RM 5,000 was not a big amount. Our shop was quite empty at that time. We could only afford to purchase a few tyres after we bought the necessary equipment and tools. Our business was not stable. It was tough, and at that time, all of my children were still studying.
“Running a tyre servicing centre was not easy,” she adds. “It’s dirty and can be really hard-work.” However, Mok managed to learn from scratch. Besides retail, they did all sorts of tyre repair and servicing, including motorcycle and bicycle.
In 1985, they shifted to Taman Delima Cheras, where they are currently located. Business is never smooth sailing, though. Mok still had to do some part-time jobs as what they made from the tyre servicing centre was not enough.
“We had to pay the mortgage and food, as well as other miscellaneous expenses,” she says.
Mok’s three sons later left school and helped her out. “Many people still believe the phrase ‘woman in the kitchen, man in the garage’. But, for me, changing and rotating the tyres, or working under the hood are more enjoyable than cooking. Aik Hin is a family business, and I was so blessed with my three sons that could work together with me as a team. Before my husband passed away, he was also part of our team. There could be nothing more fulfilling or enriching than working together under the roof of our own tyre centre.”
Aik Hin has grown steadily over the years and has a well-earned reputation for providing good quality products and services with a personal touch. Mok’s efforts finally paid off, but she never rests on her laurels. She has been committed since day-one, and in her old age, she still full of energy and enthusiasm, and she come to the centre every day. Changing a 17-inch or 18-inch diameter tyre is still a piece of cake for her. On top of this, Aik Hin has been selling Japanese tyre brands for more than 15 years, and the company has recently joined Giti Tires’ network.
The services that Aik Hin provides include passenger car and motorcycle tyre retail, tyre servicing and repair, oil change, vehicle repair, as well as car suspensions. As 99 per cent of their business comes from regular customers, Mok says, Aik Hin opened for a half-day on the Lunar New Year’s Eve.
“We are in a service business,” she says. “This is for the convenience of our customers, who have busy schedules, ensuring that they can service or send their car to us for inspection before traveling back their hometown or going outstation with peace of mind. The safety of our customer is our priority. We closed on the second half of that day, whereby we still had ample time for our reunion dinner.”
In short, Aunty Mok, a 76-year-old mother and tyre mechanic has committed her entire life to the family with passion, love and family bonding through unyielding perseverance. Her children are enjoying working together with her in their shop.
Aik Hin has been selling Japanese tyre brands for than 15 years, and the company has recently joined Giti Tires' network.
Sometimes a video paints a better picture than a text. You can log into https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=855694558199412&id=301975060238034 to read the motivation story of Aunty Mok.
1967年， 她在八打灵再也百乐花园（Paramount Garden） 成立了益兴。“5千令吉其实不多。当时，我们的店空空荡荡。我们在购买了所需要的设备和工具后，只够买几条轮胎。我们的生意不稳定。那时候，我的孩子都还在求学，日子过得很艰难。”
1985年，他们搬迁到蕉赖Taman Delima，也就是他们目前的地点。但轮胎店的生意并非一帆风顺， 莫阿姨必须兼职来帮补家用。
简而言之，76 岁的莫妈妈轮胎技师，不屈不挠，以惊人的毅力、无尽的热诚和爱将一生献给她的家人 。她的儿子都很享受和珍惜，在轮胎中心与她共事的日子。
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