The cab driver who took me to KLIA when I was in KL 2 weeks ago was quite an interesting character. For a start, he spoke English with me. As far as I can recall, I have never encountered any Malaysian cabbie who does that. He may not be very proficient, but deserved 10 points for effort.
From the initial stage of the conversation, I found out that he used to work in a corporate environment. Unfortunately, he couldn’t make it as he doesn’t have any paper qualification and his boss… “that bastard ahh… makes me work day and night. But pay me chicken shit”.
He then asked me where I work and why I am going to Singapore, etc. Naturally, the conversation led to discussion on brain-drain and politics. That’s when he popped me a very straight forward question…
“Eh sir… you ahh… govt supporter or opposition supporter? Tell me please!”
I must say I was caught off-guard. He asked me with such gusto, I had to pause and planned my words carefully. Further, he had a special permit which allows him to pick up passengers from LCCT, a rare case. I wonder if he was a connected individual or something.
But at the same time, I didn’t want to lie. Hence… “I believe Malaysia needs a change” was my answer.
“That’s right sir! Actually ah… me and all my friends ah… my generation ah… all wants to change” – I reckon he is in his 30s.
It was then that he said something rather inspiring… I will never forget it…
“We all ahh… not very smart people, but we also know. If change govt, economy sure affected. Maybe I will lose this permit to drive taxi. But nevermind… must still change. For the future, we must change”.
He went on to say about life being tough but everyone must be prepared to suffer so that we can be better. To me, that’s quite amazing.
Here is someone who is willing to risk what is possibly his entire income for the betterment of the nation. But many out there are not willing to risk that simply because they are afraid that they might drive a Honda instead of a BMW… they might need to move from a luxury link house to a condo… that they might no longer be able to fine dine.
I guess when one has too much too lose… one will become selfish.
1 year ago… Professional world vs. Commercial world
2 years ago… Any difference?