The “Spirit of Malaysia”
29-year-old advertising copywriter, Gayathri Sharmili’s recent story certainly restores our faith in Malaysians who go the extra mile to help those in need!
According to an email to says.com, Gayathri recounts the ordeal on the night of 6th September when she was in Tampin, Negeri Sembilan for dinner with her family.
What happened next was truly shocking!
As they were about to board the train back to Malacca, Gayathri’s father suddenly had a fall at the KTM station. The unfortunate incident immediately caused him to bleed tremendously and lose consciousness.
“We were helpless and were screaming our lungs out,” said Gayathri. That’s when a group of 15 Malaysians rushed to their rescue!
One Malay man was busy treating her father’s wounds and trying to keep him conscious – “This young man requested for cloths and my dad was on his lap. He professionally handled my dad and made sure the bleeding stopped. He kept asking my dad questions so that he would stay conscious.”
There were also Chinese and Indian aunties who kept Gayathri calm while five other people had called for the ambulance.
On hindsight, Gayathri is deeply touched by the kindness shown by fellow Malaysians who came to her father’s aid especially when they were in an unfamiliar place. “On that day my dad was saved by true Malaysians who saw us as one of them. We were consoled and helped by angels from every race and religion.”
She also emphasized the race of those ‘angels’ in the interview for an important reason, “to show that [at the] end of the day, Malaysia is made of us all. If it wasn’t for that Malay man, my dad would have lost more blood.” She adds, “if it wasn’t for that Chinese aunty, my dad would have given up. If it wasn’t for the Indian aunties, my sister and I would have been left alone. These three races came together and saved my small family.”
“No matter what (is) said and done, Malaysia is our home and no one could ever break such harmony and togetherness we share, ” she said with pride.
There is always something positive that comes out of a negative situation and in Gayathri’s case, empathy shown by fellow Malaysians proves that we have more in common then what sets us apart!
On a side note, readers would be relieved to know that Gayathri’s father is currently recovering from the fall and attending follow-up checkups although he still feels traumatised by the ordeal.
A huge round of applause to the amazing Malaysians who came to the rescue!
* Featured image sourced from New Straits Times