JUST FOR FUN
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.