Stranded motorist praises LTA officer who helped to change his car's flat tyre

LTA enforcement officer Kharul Nizam changing the flat tyre on Mr Kevin Tan's car.
LTA enforcement officer Kharul Nizam changing the flat tyre on Mr Kevin Tan's car. PHOTO: KEVIN TAN/FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - The tale of a Land Transport Authority (LTA) enforcement officer who went above the call of duty to assist a stranded motorist has been making the rounds on social media.

Mr Kevin Tan's story, which was posted on Facebook on Sunday (Nov 29) afternoon, has since been shared close to 700 times.

Mr Tan, who works in marketing, praised LTA officer Kharul Nizam for not only helping to divert traffic after his car suffered a flat tyre, but also to change the affected tyre.

Describing Mr Kharul as "the most unlikely of heroes" and an "LTA angel of an officer", Mr Tan wrote that he wanted to share his beautiful experience given the recent bad press involving an LTA enforcement officer.

 

He was referring to an incident last Friday, in which a 50-year-old officer was arrested and suspended by the LTA for fighting with an Uber driver.

Mr Tan, 41, told The Straits Times that he had taken part in the Jubilee Big Walk earlier in the morning on Sunday and was heading home when his car suffered a flat tyre at around 10am.

After witnessing Mr Tan's plight, Mr Kharul stopped his motorcycle and positioned it behind the car before proceeding to help change the wheel in 15 minutes.

Mr Tan concluded his post by expressing his heartfelt gratitude: "He could have (ridden) on but he didn't and went out of his way to help a motorist in distress (in the blazing hot sun, no less!).

"LTA, please send my deepest gratitude and appreciation to your officer. Mr Kharul Nizam is a rare gem. And yes, all your officers should be like him."

In a statement issued to The Straits Times, LTA thanked Mr Tan for sharing his positive experience with its enforcement officer and commended Mr Kharul for his actions.

"Mr Tan’s encouraging words will certainly help to motivate our officers who ply the roads on a daily basis to carry out their duties relentlessly.  We commend Kharul Nizam for going beyond his duty to help Mr Tan with changing his flat tyre, and encourage him to keep up the good work."