Grab driver and Facebook user Melvin Poh posted about his heart-wrenching experience with a passenger he recently met. Mr Poh picked up a passenger in the wee hours of the morning at United Square last Wednesday (May 29).
The passenger named Din was an old frail man wearing a security guard uniform. Mr Poh observed how the old man wobbled towards the car assisted by a walking stick. He also noticed that the old man lost the fingers on his right hand.
Sharing friendly pleasantries, the driver eventually learned that Mr Din had suffered various ailments throughout his life which greatly affected his health and ability to work.
Din had survived two strokes. The series of health problems had left him jobless for eight years until he landed a job as a night shift security guard.
To make matters more difficult, Din relies on ride sharing as his means of transportation every night since he cannot risk any more accidents. He earns S$65 each day and spends S$30 on transport alone. He also does not receive transportation allowances because of his late working hours.
Upon learning about Din’s predicament, Mr Poh reached out with compassion and offered to pick up Din from work every day for a mere S$10.
“Anyone who [has] free time, or travelling along the same route and can help fetch Uncle Din for $10 which [he is] more th[a]n happy to pay to cover your driving expenses,” Mr Poh wrote.
Mr Poh’s story went viral, and netizens expressed their admiration for his heartfelt act of kindness. Some have even started donating cash to help out Uncle Din, and Mr Poh reported that he has already received S$180 so far.
Additionally, a netizen remarked that Uncle Din should receive transportation allowance as determined by law. Another netizen suggested that folks like Uncle Din should receive promo codes to help alleviate their ride share expenses.
Mr Poh is setting up a formal funding page for Uncle Din, and will provide updates soon./TISG