“When a stranger knocks on your car window and attempts to tell you something, make sure your car door is locked and don’t wind down your car window.”
Usually this is what we were taught by people, because this would-be robber might attempts to break your car window and steal your stuff or even your vehicle. Wan Nadiah thought the same thing too, as she put it in words; this is the “latest MO [modus operandi] for robbery”. But she didn’t ignore the person who knocked on her car window, and she’s thankful for that.
In front of One Utama Shopping Mall, a Chinese man gets out of his car, and came to Nadiah’s car. He knocked on her car window, told her that her car rear tire has gone flat. So she wanted to take a slow drive to Taman Tun to get it fixed.
Nadiah thought the story ended there, but she was wrong. The Chinese man drove his car, and stopped in front of Nadiah. He proceeded to take out a huge sledgehammer and lifted it high, aimed towards the car window and—alright, no, none of that happened. Instead, he took out a blinking emergency triangle stop and car jack from his car booth. Then he jacked up her car and changed the flat tire for her.
“Just make sure I tak kena langgar,” said the man, because it was rush hour at that time in Damansara and he asked Nadiah to look out for incoming vehicles.
The process was done within 10 minutes, Nadiah didin’t get a chance to offer him a token of appreciation as they were at the side of a busy road. Nonetheless, Nadiah able to get his name, Boon.
“He was wearing Dimension Data shirt, works on Level 11 in the same office building as I am. I’m on Level 7. God bless you, sir. Hope to bump into you in the elevator someday,” said Nadiah in her Facebook post.
Boon’s act of kindness is a total gem. He certainly has restored Nadiah’s faith in Malaysians, as she said in the Facebook post.
“Fortune doesnt always shows in your bank account. Sometimes it came in a form you never expected. Like a random stranger at a red light helping to fix your car. You see, not all Malays are pemalas and not all Chinese are penipu. Penipu pemalas penjahat all are just bad people, let’s not put a race/religion label on them.”
Besides that, this story has also warmed the hearts of netizens who saw the story on Nadiah’s Facebook page. The post has been liked by over 26,000 people and shared by nearly 6,000 people at the time of this article being written.
Some netizens also brought up race issue, commenting that “there are good people everywhere, regardless of nationalities and racial differences”. Despite racial stereotypes, one Facebook user CL Lee remarked, “It’s not a race issue, it’s their personal choice to cheat.”
At the very last paragraph, Nadiah said this:
“There are a lot of good people everywhere. You just need to stop making bad people famous.”
Previously we wrote about how one local photographer was schooled by Mahathir Marina on being more courteous, the news went viral and eventually his name become famous (or infamous) in the social media scene. We’re not saying he’s a bad person, everyone makes mistakes, but more importantly, we’re hoping to see more kindhearted people cast into the limelight instead of the inverse. And this is a good message to remember as we move closer towards Merdeka Day this August 31.
You can read Nadiah’s full Facebook here.