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Suspended Grab driver wins hearts — and help on Twitter

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — May 28, 2019: Grab driver Muhammad Al Hakim Mustafa Kamal was at his wits end after he was suspended from work three days ago, more so with Hari Raya due in just nine days.

His suspension was due to a complaint by a hailer that he had not arrived at a designate pick-up point and that he willy-nilly cancelled the trip. Muhammad however denied this was the case.

“She did not show up at the place so that was why I cancelled the trip. Grab told me that they’re still investigating,” said Muhammad, who has been driving for Grab since 2016 after he quit his desk-bound call centre job.

Desperate to support his family of three, Muhammad wrote a humble tweet pleading Twitter users to inform him of any job vacancy that he may apply for, adding that he was willing to start immediately.

Little did he know that his 36-word tweet had gone viral, resulting in 5,558 retweets — and still counting. His plea for help has been answered. Job offers flooded in.

“I never expected the tweet to go viral. I am utterly grateful. I also hope this tweet can help those who are out looking for a job,” said Muhammad.

He also particularly glad for the new job opportunities because his income as an e-hailing driver had dwindled over the last three years.

So far, Muhammad, who has a degree in marketing management, has responded to several of the offers.

Like any regular family, Muhammad was no stranger to financial woes. His wife and in-laws’ wedding couture business venture did not pan out, so much so that they were saddled with debts amounting to hundred thousands of ringgit.

The wedding boutique his wife Syazwanie Salamon owned had to be downsized and eventually they had to move out of Damansara Damai’s Season Square to reduce cost.

“The boutique is called Precious Wedding. Our wedding gowns are all handmade, tailored by my wife. We have customers but business isn’t doing too well these days. Maybe it’s because we do not have the budget to advertise,” said Muhammad.

Below are pictures of Syazwanie’s crafts:

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]