PETALING JAYA - With all the news of kidnappings, killings and the like, stories of everyday individuals going out of their way certainly warms the heart.
In this season of giving, individuals Chua Chee Heng, Suresh Menu and Yeow gave their time and effort to help Dania Qaisara who was stranded in the middle of the road with a sick daughter in her car.
According to a Facebook post by Chua, he and Yeow were on their way to Johor Baru at about 1am on Friday, Dec 19, when they saw a man standing in the middle of the road, directing cars to the fast lane.
"Just as I noticed a car and motorcycle parked in the side of the road, I saw the man signalling me to stop my car.
"I was sceptical as it was past midnight, but I noticed a lady standing at the side of the road as well, so Yeow and I decided to stop," he said.
Chua said he and Yeow eventually found out that the car belonged to the lady (Dania) and had broken down while going uphill.
"What is worse is that her young daughter who was ill was with her in the car.
"My friend then started diverting traffic with the flashlight from his handphone, while Suresh and I tried to jumpstart the car with my car battery. It worked but the engine died soon after.
"Despite many attempts and even switching our car batteries, nothing worked and so I suggested to send Dania and the daughter home first and for them to come back the next day with a mechanic to sort out the car," he said.
He added that Dania was concerned that others might miss the stationary car and crash into it as it was parked at a rather sharp turn.
"At this point we have given up on towing services, as our numerous attempts to reach them for assistance was returned with 'Tak tahu jalan apa la' (we are not sure of the road)
"Another attempt of jumpstarting the car worked but failed after she switched on the car lights and so we decided to take a chance and have her drive her car without lights while we trailed behind," he said.
Chua said everything went as planned until they reached a point where they needed to go downhill, when the engine died.
"Since it was a downhill journey though, the car continued moving for quite a distance, but eventually started slowing down.