“Those my age have a lot more to contribute to the bus industry and to Singapore. We bring with us vast experience that we could impart to the young ones. As a Chief Bus Captain, I mentor the new staff and guide them on the bus routes, safety and professional conduct. We senior citizens are also willing to sacrifice holidays to contribute to society, and me working on the first day of Lunar New Year shows this is true.”
He spent half his professional life as a contractor and had only came into the bus industry 21 years ago. Despite being 65, SBS Transit Chief Bus Captain Mr Chong is living proof that even at his age, you can still contribute to the nation. He believes professionalism is paramount to becoming a bus captain. And sometimes, being professional means having to sacrifice family time to work on Lunar New Year. When asked what his greatest satisfaction is despite working over the festive period, he replies: “When I see their happy faces, we will exchange New Year Greetings.”
Watch a video of Mr Chong below:
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