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I am proud of the boy and his parents. 👍

His kind act must has warms the cockles of many heart.💖💖

Moral of the story: Always carry an umbrella with you and offer helps when situation arises.

 

‘I did not want them to fall sick’: Boy who won hearts for sheltering bus passengers from rain

Source: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/i-did-not-want-them-to-fall-sick-boy-who-won-hearts-for-sheltering-bus-passengers-from-rain

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SINGAPORE – It was pouring heavily as passengers hurriedly alighted from their buses and were greeted by a bespectacled boy in uniform sheltering them from the storm with an umbrella.

Thirteen-year-old Soon Hwee Tze continued to help strangers from five other buses at the bus stop before Punggol Road along Tampines Expressway until his bus came.

The Springfield Secondary School student’s kind act in September won over the Internet when a passer-by uploaded a video to the “sgfollowsall” Instagram account.

He also caught the attention of Mr Baey Yam Keng, who is Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, as well as for Sustainability and the Environment.

The Tampines GRC MP invited Hwee Tze to join him at a networking session at the Caring Carnival on Nov 4, where he presented the boy with a commendation letter.

The event kicked off the annual Caring Commuter Week, launched to promote a more caring commuter culture.

When The Straits Times met Hwee Tze on Nov 22 and asked what motivated him that day, he replied simply: “I did not want them to get wet and fall sick.

Although he himself got drenched, he stayed in the pink of health.

Hwee Tze said: “Many of the passengers thanked me for the gesture, which made me quite happy.”

A few days after his kind gesture, the Secondary 1 student from the Normal (Academic) stream sheltered two Yusof Ishak Secondary School students from their school to Waterway Point in Punggol.

“It was raining, and I saw them walking towards the mall without an umbrella,” said Hwee Tze.

“I had a small umbrella and those students were about the same height as me, so I went up to shelter them. I was drenched after that, but luckily my bag is waterproof.

“The students thanked me, and said that they recognised me as the boy who helped alighting passengers.”

Some readers were so moved by Hwee Tze’s story that they came forward to offer tokens of appreciation for the boy.

A donor who wished to remain anonymous gifted Hwee Tze an assortment of goodies and FairPrice vouchers, while an ST reader rewarded him with a $300 cash gift.

Hwee Tze’s father Soon Joon Teng, 49, told ST that he did not teach his son anything special.

Instead, he believes Hwee Tze’s alma mater, Punggol View Primary School, instilled good values in his son.

“The parenting is usually done by my wife as I’m mostly working, but I feel that this act of kindness comes from Hwee Tze himself,” said the kitchen assistant, who realised that it was his older son in the viral clip only after his wife told him about it. The father of two has a younger son, aged 12.

“It was his own personality that led him to help others who are in need,” Mr Soon said. “But I’m very proud of him. Both myself and my wife praised him for his kind act, and we’re glad that the Government recognises such acts by ordinary citizens like us.”

Hwee Tze’s big-hearted act in the Instagram video was commended by Springfield Secondary’s principal during assembly the following day, said his form teacher Siti Nur’Aliah Ghazali, 29, and the school’s lower secondary year head Eddie Chong, 37.

“We didn’t expect the principal to commend him. Later, it was very heart-warming to hear that Mr Baey also wanted to commend him,” said Ms Aliah, adding that she had multiple students, including those from upper secondary, sharing the clip with her.

“I thought it was a teaching point for the other students as well. I shared with them that they can also be like Hwee Tze (when they see others in need). I hope that this act will inspire Springfield students and other youth out there.”

Mr Chong added that a Sec 2 student had gone up to Hwee Tze and told him that he wanted to be like him.

“In a way, (that comment) gave Hwee Tze the encouragement that he had made a positive impact on his peers, that there is this intention to do good acts not for the cameras, not for the lights, but purely from the heart,” he added.

Mr Soon added that his younger son had also displayed acts of kindness, such as buying food for his classmate when the friend forgot to bring pocket money to school and protecting a girl who was bullied at the playground.

While one’s academic results are important, said Mr Soon, he valued character building more than anything else.

“When one becomes successful, it doesn’t mean that he or she is holding a good position. It is how one deals with the people around them that will gain them respect,” he said.

“I’m a kitchen helper, but I also help whoever that needs help. There shouldn’t be any motive in helping another person, whether he or she is a friend or not.”

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Indeed proud of the boy and his parents. [thumbsup]

Many people don't have the habit of carrying umbrella de, good that this boy carry an umbrella and offer helps.

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On 11/23/2023 at 4:39 PM, Benarsenal said:

Good. We need more like him.

Nowadays people more and more selfish. Hope the next generation can reverse this trend.

Cannot say people now more selfish, i think people now like to live in their own world and insensitive to their surrounding. They only interested in gluing their eyes in their hp. 

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On 11/23/2023 at 4:59 PM, Soya said:

DSA to Hwa Chong! 

 

Not istana meh? Got ever precedent whereby our past presidents held umbrella for the people ornot? World first is what we always apsire anyway...😁

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On 11/23/2023 at 6:16 PM, mersaylee said:

Not istana meh? Got ever precedent whereby our past presidents held umbrella for the people ornot? World first is what we always apsire anyway...😁

One step at a time la

First DSA to Hwa Chong 

Then get SAF scholarship 

Then join MIW

Then run for prez. Party symbol is umbrella 

Kapish? 

 

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On 11/23/2023 at 5:42 PM, 13177 said:

Cannot say people now more selfish, i think people now like to live in their own world and insensitive to their surrounding. They only interested in gluing their eyes in their hp. 

No, I say selfish. Self-centered. Rude.

Just need to go to Jurong East MRT during rush hour and see all the idiots rushing and pushing (like really, physically use force pushing). All the courtesy campaign and whatnot all ignored and gone to waste.

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On 11/23/2023 at 8:20 PM, Benarsenal said:

No, I say selfish. Self-centered. Rude.

Just need to go to Jurong East MRT during rush hour and see all the idiots rushing and pushing (like really, physically use force pushing). All the courtesy campaign and whatnot all ignored and gone to waste.

Guess selfish is human nature. Human only think for themselves.

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On 11/24/2023 at 8:38 AM, Watwheels said:

Good to see children from not so well to do background can have such good upbringing. The parents must feel proud of their son.

Exactly! His father is just a kitchen helper, and according to the news article, he will also extend his help to others. Likewise for his younger brother, who buy food for his classmate when his friend forgot to bring pocket money. Like father like son. 👏

I am a firm believer that parents are life mirror for their kids, and this is the best example strengthening my belief.

Once again, kudos to the boy and his family. They should be nominated for The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year award and such.

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On 11/24/2023 at 9:00 AM, SGMCF328 said:

Exactly! His father is just a kitchen helper, and according to the news article, he will also extend his help to others. Likewise for his younger brother, who buy food for his classmate when his friend forgot to bring pocket money. Like father like son. 👏

I am a firm believer that parents are life mirror for their kids, and this is the best example strengthening my belief.

Once again, kudos to the boy and his family. They should be nominated for The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year award and such.

Is just. Oh my.

come back to him in thirty years, then talk.

Famous Amos. 


he get used by journalist/ photo op to buy their condo/ further social cause.

there are two types of people, those who use people and those who get used.

exactly, if my child I will use this opportunity to teach him, 

人怕出名,猪怕肥。

you know that guy send people to kill people. So scary.

leave the kids alone. You scar them for your benefit.

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On 11/24/2023 at 9:00 AM, SGMCF328 said:

Exactly! His father is just a kitchen helper, and according to the news article, he will also extend his help to others. Likewise for his younger brother, who buy food for his classmate when his friend forgot to bring pocket money. Like father like son. 👏

I am a firm believer that parents are life mirror for their kids, and this is the best example strengthening my belief.

Once again, kudos to the boy and his family. They should be nominated for The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year award and such.

Is just. Oh my.

come back to him in thirty years, then talk.

Famous Amos. 


he get used by journalist/ photo op to buy their condo/ further social cause.

there are two types of people, those who use people and those who get used.

exactly, if my child I will use this opportunity to teach him, 

人怕出名,猪怕肥。

you know that guy send people to kill people. So scary.

leave the kids alone. You scar them for your benefit.

On 11/24/2023 at 8:50 AM, 13177 said:

Guess selfish is human nature. Human only think for themselves.

who would think for me?

the guy who bids me to do his thinking for his/her decided benefit?

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On 11/24/2023 at 9:00 AM, SGMCF328 said:

Exactly! His father is just a kitchen helper, and according to the news article, he will also extend his help to others. Likewise for his younger brother, who buy food for his classmate when his friend forgot to bring pocket money. Like father like son. 👏

I am a firm believer that parents are life mirror for their kids, and this is the best example strengthening my belief.

Once again, kudos to the boy and his family. They should be nominated for The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year award and such.

The more humble the background, the more likely they'll help

Look at our banglas, when there's a nearby accident, u hear of them helping instead of juz whipping out the camera, drive off, post it on social media then kpkb how come no one came to help.....

 

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