“Disability need not be an obstacle to success,” Stephen Hawking penned this inspiring quote in the first ever world disability report in 2011.
Having said that, Radha Krishnan who lost his right hand at the age of six has earned respect and received tremendous support from netizens after his video seen delivering food via an electric scooter went viral on social media platforms.
His life shattered when he lost his hand after being run over by a train when he fell onto the tracks. But, he still had a choice: to let his disability define him for the rest of his life or to continue to shine and stand on his own two feet. There was only ever one way for the young lad.
The 34-year-old who is currently working as a Foodpanda deliveryman sets as a motivation to all Malaysians. His physical limitations only serve to fuel his determination to live independently and prove to society that people with physical disabilities can be involved fully and actively in their daily lives.
“People who are having physical limitations can now get jobs anywhere. Remember one thing. If you have a problem with your hands, you still have your legs. If you have a problem with your legs, you still have your hands,” said Radha.
Harian Metro reported that Radha ventured into different careers including working at an office to customer service and last year, he decided to become a Foodpanda deliveryman. According to Radha, he can earn up to RM 60 per day and it depends on the order as well. But lately, he’s experiencing fewer orders. On top of that, he admitted that most of his customers treat him well and even tip him.
Despite facing these challenges, Radha rents a room in Petaling Jaya and has been living alone since his parents passed away. From not having the thought of burdening his siblings, he prefers to stay independent to date.
“I just feel comfortable working and earning money by myself. Instead of depending on my family members or peers, I’m able to work and receive an income.”
Radha also recalls that it’s been a while since he received aid from the Social Welfare Department (JKM). Perhaps, that is something that remains a constant worry since his salary is pretty low in order for him to afford his monthly rental.
There’s a saying that we rise to great heights by a winding staircase of small steps. And it’s very inspiring to see Radha’s determination in keeping his life pretty powerful to sustain his daily income.