Tale of a lad with a heart to own up and a rich man’s touching response
The Star Online’s report titled “How a teenager’s touching act of honesty led to big reward” deserves to be shared and used as a lesson on humility.
It’s a tale that deserves to be used as a story to teach the young to grow up as mature working adults and the value of humbleness.
“The teenager and the rich man’s tale is what parents and communities must promote among us on how to be a good human being deserving God’s love,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.
“The tale is exactly what I want to stress as a community leader so that the Bukit Lanjan neighbourhood becomes a role model for other communities to emulate,” he added.
He said the tale was in complete contrast to an earlier blog post (http://bukitlanjan.blogspot.my/2017/02/bukit-lanjan-shameful-display-of.html) that featured extravagance among the rich.
Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said the teenager and the rich man’s display of great human values must have been inculcated by their parents.
“I believe communities and societies will become that much pleasant and rich in moral values if every parent inculcate the importance of good manners, responsibility and honesty while raising their children.
“Malaysia, paricularly Bukit Lanjan, will be a much more pleasant and harmonious nation if every parent walk the extra mile to really guide and raise their children to grow up as mature and responsible peace-loving citizens,” he added.
This is The Star Online’s tale of an honest lad and a rich man:
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Monday, 13 February 2017 | MYT 2:02 PM
How a teenager’s touching act of honesty led to big reward
|Chen Yifan accepts money towards his education. Photo: Qq.com.|
BEIJING: A Chinese teenager’s act of honesty has won him a 10,000-yuan (RM6,450) study grant after he accidentally damaged a luxury car and left the owner an apology note and all the money he had on him as compensation.
Chen Yifan, a high school pupil from Xinmi in northern Henan province, knocked into one of the side mirrors of a parked BMW while riding his electric bicycle earlier this month, the news website Dahe.cn reported.
As the car owner was nowhere in sight, Chen decided to pen him a note expressing his apologies and left 311 yuan – all the money he had in his pocket at the time.
“Dear uncle, I’m sorry for my mistake and I also feel quite sad about it,” Chen wrote.
“I am a student and work as an intern. I’ve left some money for you as compensation. I know it’s not enough, but I don’t have more money. I am sincerely sorry.”
|The car damaged by the boy. Photo: Qq.com.|
The owner whose full name was not given, said he at first threw the note away as he did not think it necessary to hold the boy accountable for the damage to his car mirror.
But as he pondered over Chen’s honesty, he decided to retrieve the paper and do something to praise and encourage the boy.
With the help of local police, he contacted Chen’s family to thank him for owning up to the accident, the report said.
Chen’s mother offered to cover the cost of repair for the damaged mirror, but the car owner turned her down and paid the repair bill himself.
|The note left by the boy. Photo: Qq.com.|
The teenager and his family initially declined to accept the cash, but eventually took it after they were persuaded by local police and propaganda officials, according to the report. – South China Morning Post"