Foreign worker hailed for helping visually impaired man cross road

Mr Gunasekaran Manikandan's act of kindness in helping an elderly man cross the road was captured by a member of the public in a video.
Mr Gunasekaran Manikandan's act of kindness in helping an elderly man cross the road was captured by a member of the public in a video.PHOTOS: ROADS.SG/FACEBOOK, ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Land survey assistant Gunasekaran Manikandan was working along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 when he noticed an elderly man who appeared to be visually impaired waiting by the road for a long time to cross it.

"The uncle told me that he wanted to see the doctor so I walked him to the nearest polyclinic," said the 26-year-old Indian national from Sivagangai in Tamil Nadu.

To Mr Gunasekaran's surprise, his act of kindness on April 18 was captured by a member of public and went viral on Facebook group Roads.sg. The video has since attracted over 280,000 views.

"I saw it on my Facebook page during my lunch break after my friends shared (the clip) with me," he said.

On Wednesday (May 5), the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) posted on Facebook that Assurance, Care and Engagement (Ace) Group officers had tracked down the foreign worker by pinpointing the location using the video. They then handed him a token of appreciation.

The Ace Group, which was set up late last year as a division under MOM, frequently hands out such goody bags to foreign workers who they spot doing a good turn.

When asked what he did with his reward, Mr Gunasekaran said simply: "I shared them with my friends."

He added that his mother, father and brother and relatives back home were proud of him after watching the video.

While accompanying the elderly man had made the land survey assistant late for work, he said he would gladly do it again.

"Since I was young, my parents taught me to help people with disabilities. Everyone in my family is like that."