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A poignant photo was posted recently on the Facebook page No to Yes of a Foodpanda delivery rider on his motorbike with EMERGENCY CONTACT, followed by the phone number of his mum and wife etched in marker, on his delivery bag.
The caption reads “Is a risky job. Stay safe” with 601 shares to date with the majority of the reactions showing the “sad” and “care” emoji.
This may at a glimpse look like any regular photo, but the sad reality is the necessity to have emergency contacts available immediately in the event of a tragic accident.
Unsung heroes with vigilante reputations
P-hailing services like food delivery have not only been a blessing for those of us who opt to receive food at home, but it has also provided many of those who’ve been retrenched a platform to make money as riders.
With an indefinite total lockdown in Malaysia, food delivery services are more in demand which also raises the probability of more accidents happening on the road.
In a statement by Bukit Aman’s traffic investigation and enforcement department, there were 17 deaths, 10 serious injuries and 64 light injuries among delivery riders at work last year.
Meanwhile, according to the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros), 70% of p-Hailing riders were riding dangerously especially during peak hours with 15% were found to have beaten the red light. Not only that but another 15% of riders were found to have used mobile phones while on the road, going against traffic (7%) and made illegal U-turns (5%).
Netizens with compassion
Despite having vigilante reputations, netizens were quick to react to the photo with many appreciating the riders for all their hard work.
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