When the coronavirus pandemic struck Malaysia, Shaharul Hisam Baharudin, like many others working closely with people, soon lost his work as an entertainer who juggled and sometimes dressed up as a clown.
But rather than give up, the 43-year-old from Taiping, in western Malaysia found a new way of using his skills disinfecting peopleâ€™s homes while wearing his clownâ€™s outfit.
For his new role, he adapted the smoke machine he had used at parties to become a disinfection device, while providing some extra cheer by entertaining children in his clown outfit, completed by a surgical mask with a painted-on red nose and smile.
â€œSince children cannot go out or go to the mall and they are spending more time at home, maybe they too are feeling stressed,â€ said Shahrul Hisam, who has become known locally as the â€˜fogging clownâ€™.
â€œSo with this kind of appearance, maybe I can entertain them and cheer them up, while disinfecting their house,â€ he added.
After cleaning their homes, Shaharul Hisam will usually spend time with his clientsâ€™ children, making them laugh by creating animal-shaped balloons and taking photographs together.
His antics soon went viral online, with clients praising him for bringing some much needed fun to their homes during a difficult time.
Malaysia, which has reported nearly two million COVID-19 cases and 20,419 related deaths, has been under some form of lockdown since May after a wave of infections driven by the Delta variant.
In the past, Shaharul Hisam also used to be a master of ceremonies, as well as a disc jockey, before lockdowns put a stop to large gatherings.
Now, he gets an average of three orders a week to disinfect homes, malls and shops.
â€œ(Fogging) services like this are provided everywhere now, but my style is different,â€ he said.