Tensions often run high when accidents occur. Here’s an unexpected way one Malaysian driver chose to react in such a situation.
Financial consultant, Ng Kok How was on the road in Penang during rush hour. While waiting at the traffic light, he was taken by surprise by a loud sound from the rear of his car.
It turned out that a lorry had hit his vehicle – the lorry driver, Mohd Zairi Abdullah was anxious as was Kok How since both parties were anticipating their next move. “Okay, so what happens now?” , was the main question running through their minds.
Kok How took a deep breath before exiting his car. What he did next would surprise anyone – instead of yelling at Zairi for his mistake, Kok How decided to take him out for a meal at a nearby Mamak restaurant. 😲
In an interview with mStar, the 42-year-old revealed further details of the incident. Ng realised that the rear of his Toyota Vellfire was quite badly dented and a rear mirror was broken. Nonetheless, he knew anger was not the answer. In fact, he even sympathised with Zairi – “(Mohd Zairi) is a lorry driver and I know that the lorry belongs to his company. If I got angry at him, he would be scolded by his employer too for damaging a company vehicle, said Kok How.
“How many times is he going to get shouted at? I placed myself in his shoes and decided it would be best to make a police report for insurance claims, ” he added.
The two waited for almost an hour for Zairi’s friend to arrive. He was called to repair the lorry as they wanted to head to the station to lodge a report. While waiting, Ng spontaneously had the idea of going to eat.
During the course of their meal, both men only spoke about work and family.
Kok How’s kindness took Zairi by surprise – “I was surprised at how calm he was. What’s the point of fighting? It’s not like our vehicles can be fixed that way,” he told mStar.
The moral of the story?
Violence is never the answer. As Ng puts it, “we need to put our emotions aside when solving problems, if not it only leads to fights.
“We are a multiracial country, so we shouldn’t turn things into a race issue either. That way, the country will truly be peaceful,” were Mr. Ng’s wise words.
Treat people with kindness and make a world of difference!
* Featured image sourced from Facebook/kok.how1