This refugee has been branded “an angel” by a former Miss Universe Malaysia, also pictured, after he found a cash-stuffed wallet and smartphone belonging to her hubby and handed it back.
TV presenter, actress and former beauty queen Elaine Daly, 42, later shared details of the heartwarming incident, in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur, on her Facebook page.
Elaine said: “A miracle happened this morning and it deserves a post. We met an angel. His name is Amin and he is a Rohingya refugee, lives and works in KL as a scrap metal collector.”
She said her husband, Dr Nick Boden, had left his wallet and phone on top of their car as he helped her take out a baby seat and had forgotten about them before she drove off.
Elaine added: “Yes it was careless, but hey, we’re human and accidents do happen. I drove off only to find like a gazillion missed calls on my phone when I reached my destination.
“Nick was frantic as he has just gone to the ATM and had a big wad of cash in his wallet. He was tracking the phone and said it was gone already as it said it was already in PJ (the nearby city of Petaling Jaya) somewhere.
“So it must have fallen off the highway when I was driving. I kept calling his phone and it just kept on ringing. An hour later, I get a call from Nick’s phone, saying: ‘I have a mobile phone. I’m in PJ. It and money are all there’.
“How crazy is that??? Anyone else would have just taken it! He said he found it off the highway and picked it up. I supposed that’s what these guys do. They look for things on the ground to pick up right?
“Amin lives with his family here in Malaysia and has a legit UNCHR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) card and he is honest and kind. He said if he couldn’t reach us, he would have gone to the police station.
“Really goes to show that there are still good people out there and people who care. He could have kept it all but didn’t.
“Thank you Amin for restoring my faith in humanity espescially in this day and age when there’s a lot of bickering and negative noise going on in the world. Nick and I are blessed and eternally grateful!”
Elaine’s post made a big impression with social media commentators including netizen ‘Penny Boden’ who commented: “Just wonderful. So reassuring to know that there are such good people out there. We celebrate these miracles!”
‘Philip Varges’ said: “God bless kind souls like this!”, ‘SC Shekar’ noted: “They should make him a citizen!”, and ‘Daphne Iking’ added: “What a beautiful story of hope and humanity ! Thank you for sharing and wow. Bless him.”
Elaine Daly is a former Miss Malaysia World 1998 and Miss Malaysia Universe 2003 who has gone onto a successful career as a TV host, actress and model.
She married Dr Nick Boden in 2014 and they have two daughters, four-year-old Eva Jean and one-year-old Mia Alice.
The plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people from Myanmar has been described as the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.
Nearly 700,000 Muslim Rohingyas have fled Myanmar’s northern province of Rakhine since August 2017. The United Nations has described the military offensive launched against them, which provoked the exodus, as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.
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