On Sunday (Apr 23), we wrote of an elderly father who travels to Singapore at 2am on his motorbike twice a month for the past 10 years to visit his son who’s serving a life sentence for heroin trafficking.
Read our coverage here:
Strangers offer to buy new motorbike, man declines
After Cheong Kah Pin’s story was reported by 8world News and went viral online, many kind netizens approached the Singaporean news outlet with numerous offers to purchase him a new motorbike so that he could travel to Changi Prison with ease.
However, he has since graciously turned down the offer, saying that his motorbike of more than 20 years was still usable.
Speaking to the news outlet on Tuesday (Apr 25) after arriving in Singapore at 2am, he said that he had just spent RM500 to change his rusty tires and received a lot of support from random folks.
A woman in her 40s wept alongside me for at least 10 minutes when she saw me crying, which deeply touched me. Another woman offered to fetch me both ways to visit my son but I rejected her offer.
“As for those who offered to buy me a new motorbike, I’m grateful for their kindness but I don’t wish to waste their money,” he said.
Saw a boom in vegetable business
Cheong also told 8world News that he received widespread support for his vegetable business, where he managed to sell out everything for the past two days, earning him over RM200 within a day.
“Some have also offered to help me sell vegetables online but I refused as I’m not technologically savvy nor do I grow my vegetables in bulk.
“Instead, I’d encourage them to come to my stall in Pasar Awam Taman Johor Jaya and buy vegetables from me,” he explained.
Additionally, the 67-year-old also said that he has made an appointment for a health check-up after several concerned members of the public urged him to stay healthy.
What a touching sight! We wish Uncle Cheong all the best and that his son will be released soon!