SINGAPORE: Eight commuters received awards on Saturday (Nov 5) for going out of the way to help others while on public transport.
The Caring Commuter Award, in its fourth edition since its launch in 2019, aims to generate greater awareness and encourage the community to practise and promote caring behaviour.
Two commuters, Mr Randy Lim and Mr Chan Yarn Kit, were awarded the “Richard Magnus Award for the Outstanding Caring Commuter” for resuscitating a man who had collapsed.
Mr Lim and Mr Chan were on the train to work when the incident happened. With Mr Lim’s assistance, Mr Chan took turns with the MRT station staff to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man.
Both of them stayed with the man until the paramedics arrived to take over the rescue effort.
Six other commuters received the commendation award at the Toa Payoh HDB Hub Atrium.
One of the recipients, Mr Jackie Seet, helped to extinguish a small fire caused by a power bank which exploded in another commuter’s handbag during a train ride.
While others were being evacuated from the cabin, Mr Seet located a fire extinguisher and went back into the affected cabin to put out the fire.
This year, the Caring SG Commuters Committee received a record number of 65 nominations from members of the public as well as public transport operators.
Transport Minister S Iswaran, who was the Guest-of-Honour at the Public Transport Workers’ Appreciation (PTWA) event and the launch of the Caring Commuter Week, presented the trophies and certificates to the winners.
In his opening address Mr Iswaran noted the record number of nominations received this year for the Caring Commuter Awards was almost double the number received last year.
“By highlighting their contributions, our main objective is to promote the caring behaviour that they have promoted: Give Time, Give A Hand, Give Care, and Give Thanks,” he added.
“If we all embrace this, it will make our journeys so much more pleasant.”
The Caring Commuter Award was organised as part of the Caring Commuter Week for the first time this year.
This year’s Caring Commuter Week was held in conjunction with the annual PWTA event.
The annual PTWA recognises and shows appreciation to about 23,000 public transport workers.