Madam Kwan: Her Journey from Coiffure to Cafe

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Madam Kwan: Her Journey from Coiffure to Cafe

A tale of gutsy and fiery pursuit of one’s passion. Madam Kwan Swee Lian – of Madam Kwan’s; the restaurant fame – is living example that it’s never too late to chase your dreams. She speaks to AWANI Review’s Cynthia Ng.

Behind the famous Madam Kwan’s brand of restaurants is Madam Kwan Swee Lian. While many Malaysians would know of her familiar caricature -  a grandmotherly figure with signature hat and glasses - many may not be aware that, at 84-years-old, Madam Kwan still visits at least one of the diner’s eight outlets everyday - a business now largely managed by daughter-in-law Datin Maureen Ooi.
“I do not have the old age mentality - be it to the...

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