He became a victim to some unscrupulous teenagers in London. He also became popular when the video of the assault has become a hit on YOU TUBE. He was attacked and then mugged by those who first looked like helping him. He suffered from broken jaw.
What I want to highlight today is not about the assault anymore. I want to share how this boy can forgive those who had assaulted and mugged him. He doesn't hold any grudge at all. How many of us would still forgive after something bad really happened to you? Somehow we can learn this lesson from Mod Asyraf Haziq.
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A Quiet Lesson of Forgiveness
Mohd Asyraf Haziq Rossli says he is saddened that even children were involved in the riots
WHO has not heard of the Malaysian student who was mugged in an attack and then robbed by the very people who had initially helped him up to his feet?
Twenty-year-old Mohd Asyraf Haziq Rossli's life has changed into one that he never dreamt would have been possible.
"Poor boy," said a cab driver, who had seen the 75-second video on YouTube several times.
He even read a local newspaper in Urdu about the press conference where Asyraf had expressed sadness for the people who did the dastardly act, for there were some young ones involved, too.
"He is very matured to forgive his attackers," said the nurse at my friend's hospital bedside, when I visited him.
"The people of the Netherlands would like to show their sympathy and we would like to interview him, if you can help us," said a man with a Dutch accent at the end of the line, coaxing me to give him contact numbers that would help him get an exclusive angle of the story.
Unbeknown to him, other press had also contacted me to gain access to the boy who had gained celebrity status, albeit with a broken lower jaw. There was nothing I could do as I wanted an exclusive myself.
On his hospital bed at the Royal London Hospital in East London, while awaiting surgery, he was unaware of a group of journalists waiting at the lobby for a chance to talk to anyone who knew him.
Failing to get him, the Western media
resorted to the only source they could get online -- another YouTube clip of his interview and conversation from his hospital bedside.
There were interpretations to his answers in an attempt to sensationalise his answers.
When he said he thought they were carrying knives, it was reported that they threatened to stab him.
Asyraf, a quiet and unassuming 20-year-old who looks much younger than his age, did not court this attention but he has become an iconic image that emerged after four days of serious rioting in London and several cities in Britain.
The attack had prompted the Britain prime minister to say, "When we see the disgusting sight of a young man with people pretending to help him while they are robbing him, it is clear that there are things badly wrong with our society."
His misfortune had sparked off Tweeterers and Facebookers to start campaigns, from finding his attackers to collecting donations to replace his lost belongings; a STG60 (RM300) bicycle, a handphone and a PlayStation portable. An owner of a bicycle shop had offered to give him a free bicycle, but Asyraf jokingly said, "No, no more bikes. I will take the bus from now on."
During a press conference at the Malaysian High Commission in Belgrave Square, Asyraf, although in pain after the surgery, tried to answer questions fielded by the international media. But one answer resonated loud and clear and summed up the problem of the London riots.
"I feel sorry for them. But it was really sad because amongst them there were children. It was very sad. It was quite shocking."
Images of the riots showing young people, some as young as 11 years, destroying properties and looting had triggered debates about what had gone wrong with the young generation, and who was to be blamed -- the government, the education system or the parents.
For someone so young to just arrive in a country and see people his age roaming in the streets late into the night causing destruction to public properties, was indeed shocking.
Asyraf''s quote resounded everywhere and was quoted by all. And something should be done about it. Read more: A quiet lesson in forgiveness http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/6mug/Article/#ixzz1V0eBxLBc