There’s always a silver lining at the end of a tunnel. The saying goes perfectly for this story.
Remember when you saw tonnes of yellow and silver bicycles parked around the Klang Valley? If you remember correctly, the bicycles were called oBike, a station-less smart bike sharing system to ease transportation in the city.
Unfortunately, the bicycles were misused, vandalised and even thrown into drains by irresponsible Malaysians
As sad as that sounds, the better news is, the bicycles are being repurposed for a good cause.
According to a report by Astro Awani
, tech investor Mike Than Tun Win bought over 10,000 bikes from oBike that are in good condition earlier this year.
His only purpose is to improve the lives of children in his home country of Myanmar. He reportedly shipped the bikes to Myanmar to be handed out to the children, in hopes of giving them easier access to education.
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An oBike costs around RM144, including the price of shipping and distribution. He reportedly paid for half of the purchase while the other half was sponsored.
Through Than’s self-funded charity programme called Lesswalk, the bicycles are distributed to poor children in Yangon City before reaching out to children in Mandalay and Sagaing.
Lesswalk aims to distribute 100,000 bicycles in Myanmar in five years.
He said the bikes may be worthless in countries like Malaysia and Singapore, but its very valuable for people living in poverty.
Can we be better humans after this by not vandalising public properties? We hope so!