JOHOR BARU: Communication has always been a barrier for Mohd Fahmiruddin Md Fuzi who suffers from hearing and speech impairment.
Using sign language, the 28-year-old food service delivery rider said it was difficult for him to find a job in the service sector where verbal communication was usually a key criteria.
“So to have my current job is a blessing as I can pick up and deliver orders with ease, without having to say a word because all the information is available within the smartphone application,” he said with the help of a sign language interpreter at an event organised by KPJ Pasir Gudang Specialist Hospital here.
He was among 40 food service delivery riders, including those with hearing and speech impairments, who were given first aid and basic life support training to help them better react to accidents while on the road.
It was part of the hospital’s “from frontliner to frontliner” corporate social responsibility programme held in conjunction with the 63rd National Day.
Mohd Fahmiruddin, who started out driving Grab, said he switched to food delivery on motorcycle due to the cost, as he commutes daily to Johor Baru from his home in Benut, some 75km away.
“Being on the road most of the time, we face high risks as riders so this training is useful to us,” he added.
Another participant Mohd Amar Md Amin, 31, said it was his first time attending such training after working as a delivery rider for the past four years.
“I often see accidents while on the road and I have also helped out a few times in minor accidents.
“After learning the right way to conduct cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), I feel more confident if I am ever called on to help others in need,” he said.
The hospital’s chief executive officer Hazarul Azly Hamzah thanked the riders for their contributions, especially during the movement control order period.
“When the people were told to stay at home, the riders risked their safety and continued to deliver food to us.
“This is our way of thanking them and help them stay safe while on the road,” he added.