Rapid KL driver helps elderly man on bus


For Malaysians who don’t drive, Rapid KL’s public transportation system is a crucial part of our day-to-day routine, helping us get around our cities. So we all know the familiar trials that come with it – from running to catch a bus to narrowly squeezing past closing train doors. But for senior citizens, a whole different set of challenges comes with trying to get around on buses and trains.

Showing that a helping hand goes a long way to the elderly community, a heartwarming video of a Rapid KL bus driver taking the time to patiently help an elderly uncle with a walking cane get on and off a bus in KL has gone viral online. Further showing that Malaysians are a compassionate bunch, another bus passenger also came out to assist the driver in getting the elderly uncle to the bus stop. 


A helping hand to the elderly community


The video was shared by a netizen on Info Roadblock JPJ/Polis’s Facebook account on 18th October 2020, where it garnered over 8,000 reactions at the time of writing. The clip begins with a Rapid KL bus driver dressed in the company’s familiar yellow uniform helping an elderly pakcik get safely seated on the bus.

Going the extra mile, the bus driver makes sure that the pakcik is staying safe at this time with COVID-19 still a threat to our community by helping him properly wear his face mask over his nose. He also doesn’t return to the driver’s seat until the pakcik had his hands wrapped around the pole, in case of any unexpected bumps during the bus ride. 

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Image adapted from: Info Roadblock JPJ/POLIS

Once the bus stops at the pakcik‘s destination, the bus driver once again returns to the pakcik’s side to help him slowly make his way off the vehicle. And it’s no easy process, as the pakcik can only manage to take a few steps at a time. 

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Image adapted from: Info Roadblock JPJ/POLIS

Once the pakcik safely alights from the bus, another passenger on the bus is seen walking beside the pakcik and driver, who is seen dangerously walking backwards over a curb to get the pakcik off the road and to the safety of the bus stop. 

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Image adapted from: Info Roadblock JPJ/POLIS

But as walking seems to be a difficult task for the pakcik, the just-as-helpful passenger carefully lifts the pakcik over the curb with his arm wrapped around the pakcik’s waist and a gentle helping hand under his knees. 

The whole process of getting the pakcik off the bus and to the safety of the bus stop took over a minute, but no one present had any complaints about the hold-up.

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Image adapted from: Info Roadblock JPJ/POLIS


Netizens applaud patient Rapid KL bus driver


With how wholesome the whole scene was, many netizens have been flooding the post with applause for the patient bus driver. This included Facebook user Peyjal Peyjall, who commented, “Congratulations, you are the true hero” to aptly reflect the common saying of how “not all heroes wear capes”.

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Image adapted from: Peyjal Peyjall 

Some also couldn’t hold back their tears over the touching scene too, with netizen Muhamad Muaz commenting, “Someone is cutting onions and making my eyes water” in reaction to the video.

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Image adapted from: Muhamad Muaz 

Showing that Malaysians have a big heart, others were concerned about the pakcik‘s condition, with netizen Shad Dan saying, “Good job to this staff. [But] I’m still worried for the pakcik – hopefully even after the bus ride, there will be someone to assist him.”

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Image adapted from: Shad Dan 


Rapid KL bus driver helps out elderly man


Malaysians have a good track record of helping those who are in need. From individuals helping out small businesses weathering tough times, to a family feeding and cuddling stray dogs every day – these stories have been keeping our faith in humanity alive and kicking. This recent one the commendable Rapid KL bus driver and passenger taking the time to help out an elderly man is another one to add to the list of helpful Malaysians looking out for each other at this time. 

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Cover image adapted from: Info Roadblock JPJ/POLIS

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