Entire kampung helping old man who fell is the story multi-ethnic S’pore needs this National Day

An old man fell, in the neighbourhood. Who you gonna call? Singaporeans!

Belmont Lay | July 24, 2016 @ 04:36 am


SG50 is coming to an end and SG51 is right around the corner, but it just doesn’t seem to have the same ring to it.

But do not fear, because a new narrative is here.

A Facebook post by Khairul Farhan is making the rounds online just in time to remind Singaporeans that the kampung spirit is alive and well as we look forward to another 50 years of harmonious living.

Long story short: It was raining on Friday evening in Pasir Ris and an old man fell off his bicycle and started to bleed from his head. Khairul and his wife went to help.

But they weren’t the only ones who assisted as another Malay man, Chinese woman, Indian man and Bangladeshi man dropped what they were doing and all parties worked together to call for an ambulance, look for a nearby doctor, contact the injured man’s family, tried to stop his bleeding and shielded him from the rain.

Pre-Happy 51st National Day everyone, because here is the Facebook post:

Here is the entire post, in case you cannot see it above:

What happened last night reaffirmed my beliefs that RACIAL HARMONY is still strong in Singapore !

About 7:30pm last night, I was about to chase a bus back home at Elias CC. Then a woman yelled “that old man fell down”
My wife and I turned and we saw that an old man fell off his bike. We got nearer by walking and realized he was bleeding. It then turned into a sprint.

I yelled to my wife to call the ambulance while I dug my bag for a shirt. I immediately applied pressure on his head where he was bleeding from. He was shivering and muttering. I continued applying pressure and carried him up to sit at the ledge. At that point of time all I could think of is to stop his bleeding as it has already went down to his shirt.

Out of nowhere, a few passer by came by to help.
1) a Chinese woman shielded the old man with an umbrella while asking the old man for his family member’s contact.
2) a Malay man came to us and took the old man’s bicycle aside (it was still in front of me)
3) An Indian man rushed to the nearest clinic and called the doctor to help
4) a Bangladeshi man stood behind me to shield me and the old man from the rain while I was still applying pressure.

The scary part to me was holding the shirt and feeling it getting heavier and warmer. I didn’t want to apply too much till I hurt the uncle nor do I want to be too soft till blood keeps flowing.

Shortly after, the doctor that the Indian man went to get, came down. He came with an assistant. I relieved my position and the doctor covered the old man’s wound with a gauze. While this was happening :

1) Malay man was constantly looking out for the ambulance
2) the Chinese woman got a hold of the old man’s family and comforted the old man that they are on their way
3) the Indian man gave his wet tissues to my wife so she could wipe blood of the old man’s hand and face
4) the Bangladeshi man was still using his umbrella to cover the old man and also the doctor

Like what it seems to be forever, the ambulance finally came. Bringing the old man and his grandson to the hospital.

I don’t even know the names of the people who helped me last night but I was truly touched and moved by the unconditional help by our fellow Singaporeans (and Foreign help!!)

What gave me hope that the uncle can make it was that he was even asking for his bicycle when he was being put on the ambulance 😂

Thank you my wife Jenny Insyirah Farhanah Lim for calling the ambulance and aided them to come to the exact location. Then also helping the uncle wipe off the blood on his face and hands.

But most of all, to those people who rushed down and help, thank you very much. I am extremely touched (‘:


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