Motorcyclist offers a lift to man stranded on expressway road shoulder

SINGAPORE - A video of a motorcyclist stopping to pick up a man walking along the road shoulder of an expressway is making its rounds online, with netizens praising the rider for his good deed.

Just a few weeks ago, an off-duty policeman also stopped to pick up a man stranded on a highway divider.

This latest incident happened last Thursday (June 22) along the Pan Island Expressway (PIE), at the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) exit.

Facebook user Witono Halim posted a video, annotated with subtitles, about how he saw a man trekking along the road shoulder.

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He was initially unsure what to do but eventually decided to park his bike and walk back to find the man.

Mr Witono, a 33-year-old engineer, told The Straits Times on Friday (June 30) that he was really confused at first.

"This is not the first time I've seen people trying to walk on the highway," said the Singaporean who was born in Taiwan. "Sometimes, they are workers. But I thought this man looked like a civilian and couldn't find an exit, so I decided to help."

He said the man said he wanted to trek to MacRitchie Reservoir and had started from Bukit Timah.

"I explained to him that there's no exit along the whole highway and there won't be any road shoulders at some parts of the road," said Mr Witono.

He offered a lift to the man, whom he said appeared to be in his 50s to 60s, and eventually dropped him off at MacRitchie.

"He was very grateful and very considerate - he was scared that his sweat would dirty my extra helmet so he placed a cloth on his head," said Mr Witono.

He said it was the first time he helped someone off the highway - he had seen someone walking on the walkway once but another person was already helping him.

 

Asked if he was inspired by the recent incident of an off-duty policeman helping a stranded elderly man on a highway divider, Mr Witono said he had heard about the good deed.

"But even before I saw it, I would stop and help anyway," he said.

He said helping someone is "something that we should be doing naturally". He added that he had been on the receiving end of many acts of kindness when he got lost while backpacking and hitched rides.

"I guess that it's a way I can give back to society," he said.