It was just a small act of kindness, but little did he know, he would soon become the Internet’s newest hero.
A video showing an auxiliary policeman buying food for an immigrant boy has gone viral on social media.
According to a report by Malay daily Harian Metro, the incident reportedly happened at around 8.15pm on Monday night when 20-year-old Mohd Shafiq Harun drove to a petrol station in Bandar Baru Ampang to fill up on petrol.
After leaving his car at the pump, Mohd Shafiq said he saw the boy standing behind his car, picking out drink containers and cans from a garbage bin before placing them in a sack he was carrying.
“The boy does not know Bahasa Malaysia, but I told him to wait for me. I then went into the petrol station to buy him some bread, biscuits and drinks,” Mohd Shafiq told the Malay daily.
Unknown to Mohd Shafiq, his 20-year-old girlfriend, Qkhazatul Ayuni Abdul Razak, was secretly video-taping the kind gesture.
Qkhazatul then uploaded the video onto her own Facebook page, before a fellow Facebook user by the name of Raja Mohd Shahrim shared the clip.
The video has since amassed more than 1.7 million views and shared 36,000 times on the social media site:
Netizens who watched the video were touched by his actions, and they were quick to heap praises on the kind-hearted policeman:
After the video went viral, Mohd Shafiq played down his act of kindness, saying that he did not do it for publicity or to become famous.
“My father always reminded me that if you want to have a prosperous life, you have to spend your money, not hold on to it. So I know he meant that you should always give to the less fortunate.
“Even when I am on duty as an auxiliary policeman, I try to be charitable and give what I can afford,” he was quoted as saying.