Patriotic act: Ragu, handing a flag to Chin as token of appreciation over the hotel’s eleventh hour help for him and his daughters Nithya Rubhini (right) and Nithya Darshini. Looking on is the hotel’s duty manager Mohd Fakhrurazi Mustafha.
MALACCA: A labourer’s cycling expedition with his children to mark National Day has been a roller-coaster ride with its ups and downs.
R. Ragu, 39, and his daughters Nithya Rubhini, 15, and Nithya Darshini, 12, arrived here at 7pm on Saturday from Negri Sembilan only to discover that a non-governmental organisation had failed to honour its part of the sponsorship agreement to provide meals and accommodation for them.
“We were excited upon arriving here but unfortunately the hotel that the NGO had claimed to have booked a place for us in said no one had made any reservations.
“My calls and text messages were not answered by the NGO chairman,” he said.
Their predicament reached the ears of Philea Resort and Spa executive assistant manager Connie Chin, who then made arrangements for them to be given meals and accommodation at the hotel in Ayer Keroh.
Chin was at home with her family in Klebang here when she received a call at 9pm informing her that a man and his daughters had been left stranded.
She went to the hotel and, with the help of other employees, made the necessary arrangements for the family.
Ragu said he was touched by the kindness shown to him.
“My family has never stayed in a posh hotel. This is our first experience.
“The kindness shown to us has motivated us to complete our mission,” he said.
His target is to cycle through several areas in peninsular Malaysia to commemorate National Day on Aug 31. The family’s first expedition took place in 2012 when they walked from Malacca to Alor Setar.