A short clip showing a man walking 'funny' in order to pretend to have a disability so he could take the OKU parking spot at a mosque has gone viral after it was uploaded on Twitter yesterday, 18 September
In the video, the man could be seen hunching his shoulder in order to fake a physical deformity.
While the original clip that was tweeted out by a Twitter handle @Dr_Zofrie2203 was deleted amidst a public backlash, a copy of the clip was re-uploaded on Friday morning by a Twitter handle @UtusanMeloya.
In the caption of the original tweet, Mohd Zofrie Zulhilmie, who had identified himself as the deputy president of Gabungan Mahasiswa Islam Se-Malaysia (GAMIS), had written that they had to "sacrifice" one of their friends to be the "main actor" for the sake of getting parking at the mosque.
It's not clear if the man in the clip is Zofrie Zulhilmie himself or one of his friends.
On his Twitter account, the GAMIS deputy president has since edited his bio to remove the mention of the organisation amidst the backlash
In the below collage of two screenshots showing Zofrie Zulhilmie's Twitter handle, while the one in the left shows the account with 'Timbalan Presiden GAMIS 2020', the one in the right now appears blank.
Members of parliament joined netizens in speaking out against the actions shown in the clip that has been viewed over 200k times
On the other hand, Dr Zaid Omar, who is the Lecturer & Researcher in Computer Vision at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), expressed disgust at the man's action in the clip.
"This is disgusting. I have an ASD son, ada kad OKU but we would never think about abusing it for parking or other gains," he tweeted out, which has since received over 2,400 retweets.
For the record, ASD stands for autism spectrum disorder.
Following the widespread criticism on social media, the GAMIS deputy president took to his Twitter handle last night to say that he is sorry
According to Zofrie Zulhilmie, he "didn’t mean to belittle the disabled".
The GAMIS deputy president also added that his actions did not represent the organisation he is a part of.