- Photo: Screen grab from Straits Times’ video
I first learned about Mr. Kamas Mohammad when an UberEATS consumer shared how Mr. Kamas travelled 2.5km in a wheelchair to deliver his order. We got in touch and invited Mr. Kamas to share more about his story during UberEATS Singapore’s first anniversary in July. Besides delivering with UberEATS, we learned that he was also a para-athlete who represented Singapore at the 2015 Asean Para Games in wheelchair basketball.
Earlier this week, The Straits Times – Singapore’s most widely read newspaper – featured Mr. Kamas across print, digital and video.
In a very inspiring video (I really encourage you to watch it and add to the +52k views garnered since it was published 2 days ago!), Mr. Kamas shares his life story and how he delivers with UberEATS. He spoke about how grateful he felt being able to find a way earn his own income and care for his cancer-stricken elder sister through UberEATS, saying, (Translated) “They let me work, so I’m happy. I’m more encouraged to work. Since they let me work, I feel compelled to repay them by working hard. As long as I can work, I will work.”
Besides the video, The Straits Times also shared more in a written feature story. The story appeared online as well as in print – earning a front cover mention, as well as taking up 2/3 of a page in its “Top Of The News” section.
Mr. Kamas’ front-page cover mention
Once again, Mr. Kamas was effusive of his experience with UberEATS, saying, “I liked my previous job, but the salary was not enough to pay rental and buy food. Now, with this job, it is easier. I can follow my own time and target, and earn more.”
He also shared that seeing his photo being shared on Facebook made him happy: “Maybe then, more people like me will realise they can also do such jobs.”
As I’ve said before, this is the kind of technology-changing-the-world awesomeness that I signed up for by joining Uber!
Just a little over a year ago, I started my trip at Uber to lead communications for Singapore and Malaysia. A lot happened and I was proud to notch several key wins within my first year.
Now, one year later, I begin the next leg of my trip with Uber!
Following a search that included internal and external candidates, I’m superpumped to begin my new role as Head of Communications for Southeast Asia. In this role, I will be responsible for the Communications teams based out of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.
I am thrilled to grow my career in one of the most exciting companies on the planet! Even with everything that has recently happened – the truth is, we’ve only just begun. As a company, we are making definitive progress as we continue to focus on profitability. In Southeast Asia, there is so much more potential to realise even when you consider our transport and UberEATS businesses alone!
We will focus on growing Uber as a sustainable business in the region: serving riders and consumers; driver-, delivery-, and restaurant-partners; as well as other key stakeholders – by helping Southeast Asia’s cities unlock growth and mobility with Uber’s smart innovation.
Are we there yet? Do we have everything figured out?
Like I said, we’ve only just begun.
Some of the most enduring and respected companies of our time have gone through their own version of a ‘redemption journey’ – and it is a privilege to play a role in this chapter of Uber’s story.
Here’s to the exciting ride ahead!
Earlier in May this year, I had the pleasure of sharing the story of Mdm. Teo Yoke Lan, a chic senior citizen who is an UberEATS delivery-partner in Singapore, which even got a shoutout from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.
Mdm. Teo’s story was so inspiring, she recently inspired another shoutout – this time from Singapore Prime Lee Hsien Loong!
During his 2017 National Day Rally speech (an annual address on key national challenges and major policy changes, comparable to the State of the Union address delivered by the US President), PM Lee spoke about Singapore’s aspirations to become a Smart Nation and cited UberEATS Delivery-Partner Mdm Teo Yoke Lan as a great example of someone adapting to technology. Noting that she’s nicknamed “Wonder Woman”, PM Lee even showed several minutes of the media’s previous video features of Mdm Teo as an UberEATS delivery-partner.
PM Lee said, “We should learn from her optimism and enthusiasm, her ‘can do’ spirit of life-long learning. Mdm Teo seized the opportunities that IT presents, and is able to make a living and keep fit at the same time. IT can improve our lives in many other aspects. It is never too late to learn and use IT to make our lives more convenient, safer and richer.”
Key national media also picked up PM Lee’s comments as well as highlighting Mdm. Teo in their stories:
Congratulations on the shoutout, Mdm. Teo – you continue to be an inspiring example to us all.
Thanks also for helping me land my second nationwide shoutout from a Prime Minister, for the work that I do!
In what feels like a blink of an eye, one year has passed since I started my trip with Uber (or, in Uber-speak, this is my first Uberversary)!
At my interview, I said I wanted to join the most interesting company in the world… and, boy, what a breathtaking ride it’s been so far!
I’ve been blessed with amazing colleagues, and we are working together to solve some of the most interesting problems in the world today. Some of these opportunities are unprecedented and groundbreaking; we’re writing the playbooks as we go along because there are none. Some of these opportunities also defy convention – we’re rewriting the rules that have long been overdue for an overhaul.
Among some of my proudest moments in the past year alone has been:
There’s a whole lot more, for sure. It’s practically been an adventure from week to week. Nonetheless, it’s been a 6-star ride so far and I’m looking forward to what’s next. Here’s to more Uberversaries ahead!