True grit: Syahrain has his hands full proving others wrong

Syed Mohd Syahrain Syed Fadzin is an avid motorcycle rider and often joins motorcycle convoys to other states.

PETALING JAYA: A youth who lost both his hands is living proof that his disability is no barrier to earning an honest living.

Syed Mohd Syahrain Syed Fadzin, 25, works full time as a food delivery man on his motorcycle — a job some would deem impossible for a person like him.

“I want to prove that I can be independent. I just started working with Foodpanda as a food delivery man two months ago.

“Before that, I made ends meet as a car washer. Then I worked as a despatch rider, sending car replacement parts to workshop owners for five years,” he told FMT.

Syahrain admitted he has met many who are in awe of his strong independent will.

“Foodpanda itself doubted whether I could do my job. They wondered how I would be able to carry the plastic bags of food. But they seemed convinced when my friend told them I used to carry car replacement parts around,” he said.

Besides proving that his disability is not an impediment to earning an honest living, Syahrain said he wanted to rebut the perception that Malays are lazy.

“It all depends on one’s will. If you are lazy, then you are lazy. But if you are hardworking, you will see what a difference it makes.

Syahrain works full time as a food delivery man.

“In fact, there are many job opportunities in the country. It is up to us whether we want to work or not. But don’t be picky,” he said.

Syahrain works 10 to 12 hours a day.

He has a keen interest in motorsports and is saving money to buy another motorcycle. He is currently using a Yamaha 135 LC.

His interest has driven him to take part in motorcycle convoys. The furthest he has travelled is to Kedah.

Speaking about his past, Syahrain said he lost both his hands when he was nine years old, while playing at a vacant shop in front of the Sungai Buloh prison.

“I found two round objects, as big as tennis balls.

“There were no pins. I banged both objects together and they exploded. I think they were home-made bombs.

“I was one of four victims injured in that incident.”