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was just some­thing he did for fun.

“I was on a 1½ hour tran­sit and the cabin crew had just fin­ished clean­ing up the air­plane for the next flight.

“So, I told my friend to record me danc­ing. I had no in­ten­tion to make it go vi­ral.

“At first, I was afraid that my bosses would take dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against me for per­form­ing such an act,” said the se­cond child out of four sib­lings, who was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur.

If there was any worry that Ass­raf’s ob­vi­ous tal­ent and pen­chant for show­man­ship will get him into trou­ble with his em­ployer, what tran­spired was quite the op­po­site.

AirAsia’s group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tan Sri Tony Fer­nan­des saw the video on­line and shared it on his In­sta­gram ac­count, singing praises of his staff.

Fer­nan­des shared the video on his In­sta­gram ac­count, and com­mented, “The tal­ent in AirAsia never fails to amaze me. @as­s­raf­nasir is the best. Love it that staff can just have fun and be them­selves.”

The video on the In­sta­gram post has been viewed more than 256,000 times as at press time.

Ass­raf ’s ren­di­tion of the 2003 mu­sic video by Brit­ney was orig­i­nally posted on his per­sonal 147 of the Pe­nal Code which car­ries a max­i­mum two years’ jail term or a fine, or both, upon con­vic­tion.

Deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Nu­rul Fatin Hussin pros­e­cuted Face­book page, with the cap­tion, “When some­one plays Toxic on the plane.”

The video has gar­nered over 16 mil­lion views so far, and has been fea­tured in nu­mer­ous in­ter­na­tional news or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing Time mag­a­zine, the Daily Mail, and Mash­able, among oth­ers.

Ass­raf said af­ter one of his close col­leagues tweeted the video, it went vi­ral within an hour.

“Danc­ing has al­ways been my pas­sion and I am glad that many re­ally liked the video,” said the for­mer Akademi Seni Bu­daya Dan Warisan Ke­bangsaan stu­dent.

NST On­line reader Phang Siew Lan com­mented that it would be en­ter­tain­ing to fly with Ass­raf.

“Never a dull mo­ment if you are fly­ing with him,” he said.

Face­book user Mar­guerita Leow com­mented on Ass­raf’s dance video, say­ing: “He’s good and looks like a fun guy.” while all the ac­cused were rep­re­sented by R.S.N. Rayer.

Amin set bail at RM3,000 with one surety each and fixed May 5 for men­tion. All the ac­cused posted bail.


The ac­cused be­ing es­corted to the mag­is­trate’s court in George Town yes­ter­day.

Ass­raf Nasir in the video.

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