Sunday January 6, 2013
THE Chatty taxi-driver (Navel Gazer, Living, Dec 29, 2012) was an article I enjoyed very much – it was alive with feeling and humour. The man’s humble gratitude and love for his wife, which he was not ashamed to reveal to a total stranger, said a lot about his character.
The way the article was written with such sensitivity was what made it so interesting. Columnist Alexandra Wong managed to make us realise that these people who work hard for long hours have their own problems too. When a taxi-driver is not as pleasant as we want them to be, we just label them “rude and insufferable”. We never stop to think they are human too, and they might be having worries they are struggling with.
In this day and age, the job they do has an element of danger too. When my husband and I have to go somewhere in a taxi occasionally and come across a friendly driver, we are told about “customers” who threaten drivers and make off with the poor man’s hard-earned money.
Thank you for your enlightening and well-written article, Alexandra Wong. You have made us aware that these are people who deserve our respect.
Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya