IT was four days before Hari Raya Aidilfitri. I was driving with my wife from Ampang to Desa Pandan at 5.30pm and there were lots of cars on the road.
To avoid the traffic jam, I took a detour before a junction and did not see a motorbike heading in my direction. It rammed into my car and the riders, who were husband and wife, both fell to the ground.
I quickly parked my car by the road and got down to see what had happened.
The man was already up and angry but his wife was on the road, bleeding and in pain. The man’s arm was bruised and the woman was in great pain from bruises and cuts she had suffered.
It was my fault, and I kept saying to the angry man and his wife, “Minta maaf, minta maaf”.
A few people gathered around to help and to calm down the man. But what needed to be done immediately was to bring the injured woman to a clinic. I could see that my car tyre was punctured in the accident and I would not be able to use my car to send her. I called my friends for help but because of the traffic jam it would take them a while to come.
Amid all the traffic, a young lady stopped her car, got down, saw what had happened and offered to bring the injured woman to a clinic nearby. I am so thankful for her help.
As they drove off, I walked to the clinic with the husband. While walking with him, I apologised again and to my relief he had calmed down and was very understanding. He even gave me advice on which road to take to avoid traffic jams in that area.
At the clinic, the lady doctor was very professional. She gave them both anti-tetanus jabs and bandaged their wounds. She also wrote a letter for the woman to be treated in a hospital as one of the wounds needed proper stitching and perhaps X-ray to see if there was any fracture.
As I did not have my car with me, I walked to a shop nearby where I knew the owner and asked if she could help. Without any hesitation, she agreed to send us to the hospital in her new car.
I was so touched by the acts of so many helpful and kind Malaysians of all races. The service rendered in the hospital was also very satisfactory. The doctors and staff did their job well and we did not have to wait too long.
We Malaysians are multiracial and multi-cultural and we all live together in harmony and in love and respect for each other.
In this incident, I saw that we truly live out the spirit of love and harmony. There were so many helpful Malaysians of all races all around.
This accident was a costly lesson to me. My impatience caused me to make a mistake that harmed others. I may have apologised but I have caused damage and much inconvenience to others and myself.
I am indeed sorry. I paid for the damages and I have to repair my own car.
May I offer my humble advice from my costly lesson: please be careful on the road and do not lose your patience. Always be considerate and kind.
But I have seen something very beautiful – the love and kindness shown by Malaysians of all races to help out in time of need. That makes me proud to be a Malaysian.
Let us Malaysians keep this spirit of love and harmony ablaze.
A PROUD MALAYSIAN