By Johnson Johnardo (Facebook User)
This is Abang Azlan, a shoe repair guy sitting beside the Ampang Park LRT station everyday during the lunch hour. Everyday whenever I pass by the LRT station to go for lunch, he will be sitting there with his shoe repair toolbox either busy repairing shoes, or sitting there waiting for business under the hot sun.
So happening I had 3 pairs of broken shoes needs to be repair, so I decided to try giving him my hiking shoe (the one with steel plate at the front where normally they said need machine and charge about RM35).
When he sees it, he said he can do the repair and only charging for RM30 and ask me to come back tomorrow.
After waited for few days (forgot to take down his number), he showed up and apologize to me because he needs to accompany his wife to hospital for check up as his wife is having their first baby.
I told him its fine as I’m not urgent on the shoe and congratulated him. After few days I return with a few more pairs of my shoes and handed to him telling him to take his time as I am not urgent on it.
When I return few days later, he was busy polishing the leather shoes for a Chinese uncle in his 40s. So I waited patiently and when he is done, he told the uncle RM5 for the polishing service.
Ridiculously, the most unbelievable scene happened just right in front of me…the uncle took out a stack of big notes and told him “Saya hanya ada RM4 duit kecil saja, nahh ambil la RM4 nihh, cukup.”
After he pass the money he then walks away without feeling embarass!! What a disgrace !! That vicious vigorous man in his monkey suit can’t even pay RM1 extra? I then see Abang Azlan just lay low his head looking at the money and quietly, he accepts it and put into his pocket with his pregnant wife sitting beside him feeling bad for him as well.
What happened to the humanity and morality of our society? Robbing and bullying the ones that they shouldn’t even do it at the first place? He then turns to me smiling and pass me my shoes, I asked how much, he said “RM35…tapi tak apa la RM30 boleh (when I pass him my shoes he told me its RM35 the previous day).” I told him “tak apa bang, semalam kata RM35 boleh la.” He then look at me smiling and saying thank you to me.
After that incident, I feel so bad to see the ugly side of our society. He is working hard under the hot sun trying to earn a living for his family and yet he kept silent while letting some silly monkey in his monkey suit who tends to sit in his cosy air-condition room bullying him.
Such a demoralizing and shameful act which could easily discourage especially someone who is working their arse off to earn a living under the hot sun!! So I took up the initiative to go for shopping at the weekend and bought a set of baby pillows and a pair of baby pajamas to give him as a congratulations and thank you token for his baby and his hard work.
The following week I found him working at the same place again with his pregnant wife beside him, so I walked up to him and passed him the gift.
He was so surprise to see me with the gift and refuse at first, but I told him to accept it as a token for his soon new born baby. He then accepts it with a sincere smile and shake my hand thanking me.
It was the most beautiful scene on earth to me – the grateful smile. He then asked for my name and after we both introduced ourselves, I continue with my lunch journey.
Maybe some might be confuse why am I doing this, but for me, we should be aware of our surroundings and lend our helping hands to the ones who requires more than us by trying to help out as much as we do.
It doesn’t matter whether your aid is just a piece of tissue or a pile of cash, what it really matters the most is the humanity. Lending a hand at all time is what we suppose to do instead of swinging sticks and breaking the bricks with the head trying to do some monkey show.
So what, if he is different race from me? To me, there are no boundaries of ethnicity nor religion as long as we are living under the same nation, we are all ANAK MALAYSIA.
We should learn how to live peacefully and share the love but not infusing any hatred, racial or bullying perception among others.
Besides, I do hope that someday Malaysia could turn into the most friendly country in the world instead of being the most corrupted country in the world bringing pride instead of shame to the nation. In order to achieve this dream, we should start off with ourselves to make Malaysia a better nation.
PS: anyone who wanna look for him to repair your shoes, please go to Ampang Park LRT station around 12pm-2pm, he will be there unless he is off to hospital with his wife.