It’s sad to see how racism is still so common in this day and age! Racism and discrimination have never gotten anyone very far in life. Just like how this racist property agent who lost one of the best deals he could have ever gotten.
The victim of this discrimination was Bhai Hafiz Angullia, a businessman from Singapore. Bhai was looking for a spacious home to store some of his old furniture, music equipment, old flooring materials (from his business) and other valuables.
The Harvard graduate found a lovely residential bungalow off of East Coast Road that had affordable rent. It was also a mere two-minute drive from his current home. So, he texted the property agent for a meet-up. In the message, Bhai had made clear what his intentions were with the house.
“I might sublet 1 or 2 bedrooms out to offset the rental a bit since I won’t be using it as a running office and it’s mostly for storage.”
“I figured that the more practical thing to do for a house like this is to rent out 1 or 2 bedrooms. It is a landed house anyway, with large bedrooms.”
The agent sounded very nice and accommodating in his reply as he said,
”Hi Mr. Bhai, the owners will NOT have a problem with that. Are you free to meet me at the unit at 3.30pm?”
Of course, Bhai was alright with that and as the time came, he threw on a simple T-shirt, shorts and just slipped on his slippers. He didn’t really bother to dress up because it would have been a short meeting near his house anyway.
As Bhai was nearing the house in question, he noticed the agent alighting from an Uber or Grab car. He looked like he was in his 50s and was dressed in a short-sleeved shirt and jeans.
The agent then opened the gate to the car porch as Bhai drove his car into the home’s entrance. At one point, the agent even turned for a bit while he was unlocking the grilles to the main door and signaled a friendly ‘hello’ towards Bhai.
Bhai proceeded to switch off his engine, got out of the car and locked it. As he was walking towards his agent, that’s when he noticed something was amiss. He said,
“I noticed that the smile he had on, had faded and the welcoming gesture he gave to me whilst I was still in my car had now turned into a nonchalant thing.”
Still, being the well-mannered man that he is, Bhai gave a courteous greeting but the property agent’s response blew Bhai away.
The agent said,
“You are Mr Bhai ah? You are NOT Chinese? What exactly you wanna store in the house ah?”
“If you do any illegal business or store anything illegal ah, me, as the agent and the owners have no problems calling the police on you!”
The businessman could not believe his ears. It took him a solid 2 seconds to gather himself before he walked up to the racist man and told him off.
“F*ck you, you piece of shit. You are very lucky that you are an old man.”
Then he proceeded to drive home.
In this day and age, especially in a first world country like Singapore, it’s astounding how prevalent racism is.
Unfortunately for the elderly man, he had lost a great opportunity of making a deal just by being a racist person. Had he not discriminated Bhai based on his looks and race, he would’ve made a good deal.
We should all learn not to discriminate against people based on the color of their skin! Don’t do that to people okay… not nice leh.