Facebook user, Paul Chua, has shared a moving story where he was touched by the kindness and generosity of a taxi driver in a moment of need that has permanently impacted his outlook on life.

Chua had been freshly retrenched from his job as a PMET at an age where he was “too young to retire and too old to be employed as a junior,” when he met the taxi driver. Chua was in dire straits as he didn’t have the “luxury of accepting entry level job because of various commitments. Employers and governments bodies easily brushed the PMETs off as “lazy”, “choosy”, “demanding” workers and employed FTs because they are “cheaper”, “faster”, “hardworking”.”

One day, he had visited a friend to seek a job opportunity, when he realised he did not have enough money to return home as he had just missed the last bus home. Having just $6.60 on him, Chua got into a taxi and requested the driver to try and catch up with the bus or to drop him off when the taxi metre reaches $6.60.

To his surprise, the taxi driver – who had been in the same situation as Chua, having been unemployed for six months – drove Chua all the way to his home and refused to accept payment, stunning Chua.

The incident touched Chua so much that he is inspired to help others the same way the taxi driver helped him in his hour of need. Chua, who is a taxi driver himself now, said:

“Till this day, I am still grateful for that very good deed that TD uncle offered me. I forgot to look at you in the face or take down your taxi number or even take note of which taxi company he was driving for. But I will remember what he did for me. If I could ever meet him again, I would give him a hug for he changed the way I looked at TDs. And over the years of my own taxi driving, I had also given help to various people whom I felt needing help. All because of that very good deed he did for me.”

Read his heartwarming story in full here:

“Let me tell you a story. A story that inspired and crafted me in the way I look at the world, especially TDs. And I would like to share it with you.

“Back in 2002, I was just into my mid 30’s and my career hit a setback. I was retrenched from my company due to restructuring and streamlining. I was too young to retire and too old to be employed as a junior. I didn’t had the luxury of accepting entry level job because of various commitments. Employers and governments bodies easily brushed the PMETs off as “lazy”, “choosy”, “demanding” workers and employed FTs because they are “cheaper”, “faster”, “hardworking”.

“I sent out hundreds of resumes and was not able to find a sustainable job for an extended period of 8 months. Than came this one incident that changed the way I looked at TDs.

“It was a normal day. I went out to look for a friend to see if he could introduce me to any job. We met up at Toh Tuck Road and we had a good talk. I was mindful about catching the last bus home. My friend told me as long as I go to the bus stop before 11.30pm, I could catch the last bus home.

“We chat over a cup of coffee until 11.25pm. I bid him farewell and headed towards the bus stop. It was about 11.28pm. I ran for the bus but the driver pretended not seeing me and drove off. I waited at the bus stop until 11.40pm. I knew I was in trouble. I had missed that last bus home. I searched my waist pouch and all I had was $6.60 on me. Imagine a grown up man with less than $10 in his wallet.

“I had only 3 choice. 1) Call me friend and borrow money from him. No, my pride was too strong. 2) walk home. But damn it, walking from Toh Tuck Road to Tampines would be too far for me. I think it will be morning by the time I reach home. 3) Take taxi home? I don’t have enough money…..

“Finally, I decided to take a taxi. Not home, but to try to catch up with the last bus. I flagged a taxi and told the TD this: “Uncle, I only have $6.60 on me now. That’s all I have. Can you drive faster down Bukit Timah Road and chase after the last bus 67. I need to catch the last bus home. If the fare hits $6.60 and still haven’t caught up with the last bus, just drop me there.”

“The TD nodded and started driving. I felt ashamed because of my esteem. I dared not looked at the TD as I thought he might laughed at me. Imagine a grown up with less than $10….. I can’t imagine it if it didn’t happened to me. And sadly, my $6.60 didn’t really lasted until I caught up with the bus. I was ready to be chased down the Taxi as the meter hit $6.60. But surprisingly, the TD continued driving and exited into PIE from Eng Neo Road.

“The TD told me he understood how I felt as he too was unemployed for 6 months before he drove Taxi. And he admired the way I was frank about having no money for the full trip. He offers to drive me home FOC. I was touched beyond words. My eyes ponded with tears, tears of gratitude. He sent me home and refused to accept my $6.60. I was extremely touch!!! I thanked him and left. There was mixed feelings in me that night. I felt grateful for the help and that the TD totally didn’t charge me a single cent for the trip. But I was also feeling ashamed because of the plight I was in. I left in a rush.

“Till this day, I am still grateful for that very good deed that TD uncle offered me. I forgot to look at you in the face or take down your taxi number or even take note of which taxi company he was driving for. But I will remember what he did for me. If I could ever meet him again, I would give him a hug for he changed the way I looked at TDs. And over the years of my own taxi driving, I had also given help to various people whom I felt needing help. All because of that very good deed he did for me.

“Whoever he is, TD Uncle, thanks for his help.

“Ha, guess now everyone knows why I would always defend TDs. Always do 3 goods and good things will come to you.
– Think good, not evil thoughts
– Speak good, not malicious words
– Do good, do not do things which hurt others

“The world will be such a better place to live in.”

35 COMMENTS

  1. < ...he didn’t have the “luxury of accepting entry level job because of various commitments. Employers and governments bodies easily brushed the PMETs off as “lazy”, “choosy”, “demanding” workers and employed FTs because they are “cheaper”, “faster”, “hardworking"">
    ******
    Looking @ NEW PAP policies, apparently these pple dun exist.
    Somehow NEW PAP thinks our housing costs r so low that “S$1k can buy HDB flat” for a family, cost of living here is as cheap as India/PRC & GST 7% dun really impact the lower income.

    • i totally agreed with you- the government will tell one thing that they need to attract foreigners to SG to help economy. But who actually open up the doors for foreigners to steal lunches? PM said and called Singaporeans to steal back lunches. Why? because the policies of foreigners works did not work? well yes, some jobs and work Singaporeans do not want to do it. However Pmets positions were also being taken by foreigners. Who implemented the policies to the welcoming door?

  2. < ...he didn’t have the “luxury of accepting entry level job because of various commitments. Employers and governments bodies easily brushed the PMETs off as “lazy”, “choosy”, “demanding” workers and employed FTs because they are “cheaper”, “faster”, “hardworking"">
    ******
    Looking @ NEW PAP policies, apparently these pple dun exist.
    Somehow NEW PAP thinks our housing costs r so low that “S$1k can buy HDB flat” for a family, cost of living here is as cheap as India/PRC & GST 7% dun really impact the lower income.

    • i totally agreed with you- the government will tell one thing that they need to attract foreigners to SG to help economy. But who actually open up the doors for foreigners to steal lunches? PM said and called Singaporeans to steal back lunches. Why? because the policies of foreigners works did not work? well yes, some jobs and work Singaporeans do not want to do it. However Pmets positions were also being taken by foreigners. Who implemented the policies to the welcoming door?

  3. Bros the problem as in root cause is the 70% idiots who created all this.why till now they never wake up?it sounds so shocking despite they announce the tax.??????maybe kenna one lethal injection thats why n 30% escape n noe the situation.

  4. As long as u still have the desire to work and start all over again, nothing is impossible. Baby steps and less haste but good steady pace will get u there.

  5. As long as u still have the desire to work and start all over again, nothing is impossible. Baby steps and less haste but good steady pace will get u there.

  6. It’s not FT. It’s the employer who can even hire locals cheaper. Unless you have done an in depth survey, it is rubbish to misinform. Frankly, the problem is when we are into our 40s or even 50s, there are challenges aside from personal financial commitments – dignity, technology, health, perseverance. It’s better to face up to the challenges and try something different, than to sit there and berate the government just like this website or that tutor who ran to down under. It’s a global phenomena where technology, cost structure overwhelm everything else.

  7. It’s not FT. It’s the employer who can even hire locals cheaper. Unless you have done an in depth survey, it is rubbish to misinform. Frankly, the problem is when we are into our 40s or even 50s, there are challenges aside from personal financial commitments – dignity, technology, health, perseverance. It’s better to face up to the challenges and try something different, than to sit there and berate the government just like this website or that tutor who ran to down under. It’s a global phenomena where technology, cost structure overwhelm everything else.

  8. This is NOT a heartwarming story, it’s a SAD story rather, for Singapore and Singaporean, being retrenched in your prime age of 30s and not being able to find a job in your home country?! THINK about, THINK REAL HARD ABOUT IT!!!

    • Hi Christina, it’s heartwarming between between passenger and taxi driver. It’s a SAD story that our government chose to b look after foreigners more than they would with their own people. Us Singaporeans.

  9. blame this on the PAP and they thought that local should deserved this type of unemployment. do you know that some of the ministers are Malaysian and they look down on local. it time to kick these bastards out of parliament. if not you or your local born friends, relatives will suffer the same faith.

  10. Not blaming anybody, but who are the people who created all these problems for us ordinary people of Singapore? We feel you bro and there are alot of people in the same ship as you.

  11. how come nobody talking about the most important thing about this story………. Mr Chua’s ”good” friend that said can wait till 11.30pm to catch last bus……..with friends like him, who needs enemies ?

  12. I went from $10,500 a month job with oil services firm to $2,500 job in sales, which I worked at for one year before recovering to $8,000, back with another oil services firm.

    Please don’t give up – if life f*cks with you, f*ck back

    • Don’t talk c**k la , life not so easy , if you can get $8k salary , tell me , I can resign and work in your company .. haha

  13. Pal, a lot like u drive to such state. Sadly this is the real world. I was once like u n till today I have learned the value of life not being rich in money but rich in heart. Help others and eventually help yourself, thank u for sharing.

  14. System been screwed since.

    Zero increase population.

    Stop at 2 policy.

    Aging population.

    These system take effect only after the old man screwed up without foresight.

    The day cannot be reversed.

    Who is the root causes to this problem we facing today?

    #WhoTheSucker?

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