Once in a while, you come across a love story worth telling the world about.This is the extraordinary tale of
70-year-old Mr Ng Ah Bah’s unconditional love and devotion for his wife Madam Yap Guek Neo, 67, who is wheelchair bound due to a stroke she had 11 months ago. He cannot bring himself to leave her alone at home, so he brings her with him to work everyday.
That means taking bus 135 from their home at MacPherson to Marine Parade, and then pushing her wheelchair for another 10 minutes to Katong Plaza, where he sets up shop. It is not an easy feat at all, considering their old age and the fact that Mr Ng also suffers from mild pain in his legs. The idea of sending her to a nursing home has never crossed his mind. He said: “She is my wife. I am responsible for her and I will take care of her until the day I die.”
Gobbler Brings Help and Happiness
Ms Cynthia Yong, a sales executive of Gobbler, is Mr Ng’s regular customer. She shared the story of the hardworking and devoted cobbler, which was also published in The New Paper, with her colleagues at Gobbler. A team of 12 from Gobbler wasted no time in arranging a trip down to visit him.
When the team tried to give him some gifts, he shook his head and said: “I will earn my money through repairing shoes.” Gobbler prepared a large box of groceries and other necessities, five pairs of shoes to be fixed, and a mini-wall of encouragements written in mandarin for Mr Ng. The box of Gobbler necessities is expected to ease their financial burdens for the next few months.
“Thank you, may you all be happy and healthy,” said a very happy Mr Ng, as we waved goodbye to him.
Mr Janan Kwek, director of Gobbler, said excitedly about this visit to Mr Ng: “Gobbler believes in giving back to society. There’s so much that Gobbler can learn from these extraordinary people, and actually, they bless us even more than we bless them.”