I just got back from having breakfast, and felt that I need to blog down what I saw.
There are two rival mamak restaurants near my office, one behind another. I usually would have my breakfast or lunch at one of these. One of the regulars at the mamak restaurant that I frequent is a middle-aged visually-impaired lady. She would usually have breakfast there.
This morning, she didn't use the normal route that she takes every morning. This morning she had to walk pass the rival mamak restaurant to get to the mamak restaurant that she frequents. Recently the local authority had put up some fencing in between the restaurants to deter motorcyclists from passing through (since it is supposed to be a pedestrian pathway). So, imagine how difficult it is for a visually-impaired person to navigate through the fencing.
And what I saw really touched me.
One of the workers at the rival mamak restaurant helped the lady by holding her arm so that she could pass through the fencing. Once through to the other side, another worker working with the other mamak restaurant was already waiting to guide her to her usual seat at the restaurant.
It didn't matter that the lady didn't have breakfast at the rival restaurant. What mattered was that the lady could get through safely to the other restaurant for breakfast. While the two restaurants may be rivals, they put aside their rivalry for a greater good.
How I wish all of us in this country could emulate this simple gesture of kindness.