GrabFood rider determined to do his job despite being involved in harrowing accident

MELAKA: The determination of a 25-year-old GrabFood rider to deliver a late night order of “Nasi Paprik’ and chicken meatballs to a villager led him to being involved in a harrowing incident.

According to Muaz Razali, he took a dark stretch to Kampung Gangsa here despite his friends warning him to cancel the order as the area was said to be "haunted" and poorly lit.

The bachelor was rescued by the Fire and Rescue Department here on Sunday night (Nov 22) after he fell into a flooded monsoon drain and was swept away for almost 1km by strong undercurrents, just after a downpour.

Muza alzo sustained minor injuries in the freak incident.

“For me, my duty comes first and I don’t believe in superstition. I braved myself to deliver the food from a restaurant at Ayer Keroh to Kampung Gangsa late Sunday (Nov 22) night” he said when interviewed here on Monday (Nov 23).

Muaz said some of his peers told him that the stretch is part of the now defunct Melaka railway track and shared horror stories of ghouls when using the road during late nights.

Muaz said he had followed the GPS of his mobile phone to reach the customer’s house when he suddenly slipped and fell into the monsoon drain at about 10pm as the stretch was flooded.

“I was helpless and attempted to keep myself and my motorcycle adrift.

“I took my soaked mobile phone and made a distress call to 911. I was really frightened at that point of time as the site was in total darkness, ” he said.

Muaz said an individual manning the emergency telephone line had difficulties listening to him when he made the call.

“Luckily, they managed to track me and a few minutes later, I saw rescuers waving at me from higher ground at the site, ” he said.

Muaz said he has been a food delivery rider for a year and this was the first time he endured a harrowing experience.

“I was only afraid of getting bitten by snakes and my body was covered by leeches when I was rescued, ” he said.

Muaz said despite his traumatic experience, he would still continue to be a food delivery rider.

“I will still continue to deliver food even in the night and secluded areas, ” he said, adding that he is waiting for his motorcycle to be repaired before returning as a GrabFood rider.

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