Her success as the founder of the popular Laksa Shack chain of restaurants is all the more special given that she has excelled in an industry she wasnâ€™t trained for and ventured into with hardly any know-how.
Highly-disciplined and never one to allow circumstances to hold her back, Anita, who today manages 25 Laksa Shack outlets nationwide, has weathered many storms to get to where she is.
â€œIâ€™m a survivor. You can put me anywhere and I will land on my feet, but I donâ€™t deny that the early years were really tough,â€ said Anita.
Dressed in a pretty, blue patterned baju kurung and with her hair stylishly short, Anita, 44, comes across as a woman whoâ€™s very comfortable in her own skin and one whoâ€™s clear about where sheâ€™s heading.
The former UiTM graduate started right at the bottom of the chain in the food industry, with a roadside stall in Taman Tun Dr Ismail in the â€™80s, selling traditional Malay food. Eventually, she moved her business to a food court in Damansara Kim.
Having majored in logistics while at university, Anita had little idea of what the food business entailed, but soon found herself neck-deep in back-breaking chores and a multitude of tasks. Her days started as early as 3am and went on well into the night.
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