Asyraf’s attitude restores the faith in human spirit

Forgiving: Asyraf Haziq Rossli, attacked in the London riots
Forgiving: Asyraf Haziq Rossli, attacked in the London riots
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SOMETIMES it is simply impossible to break the human spirit and destroy one man’s faith in his fellow man. Perhaps it’s just as well.

I’m thinking a good example of this is young Malaysian student Asyraf Haziq Rossli, injured in the London riots.

Mobile phone footage revealed Asyraf lying on the ground while a gang of looters, pretending to be good Samaritans and coming to his aid, rifled through his back pack and robbed him.

A sad indictment on society today, I’m afraid.

The footage was put on YouTube where viewers could see the culprit kiss his fingertips in a sick salute as he swaggered off with the stolen goods.

Asyraf had been cycling in North London when he was approached by another group of youths and was punched with such force his jaw was broken. He must have been relieved to see the second gang coming to his supposed aid.

You’d expect Asyraf to be bitter. After all, who could blame him?

However, despite his parents’ requests for him to return home to Malaysia, he insists he will stay in Britain – for he still believes it is great! He loves this country, he says. He loves the people and the opportunities it will offer him. He says he knows that basically people are good. The bad ones are in a minority.

So he is going to get back on his bike and complete his studies.

Well I for one wish him all the best. His forgiving, turn-the-other-cheek nature is commendable. This lovely young man deserves to do well.

* WHY? Why? Why? Yet again Brussels is sticking its nose into our business. The price we pay, I suppose, for being Europeans.

New regulations forced through under the banner of the European Commission’s new transport policy means that British train fares are going to rocket by a staggering 50 per cent.

Brussels wants to create a “user pays” system, official jargon for passengers having to cover the entire cost of rail travel without any government subsidy.

At present £4 billion of taxpayers’ money is ploughed into the rail network every year but if implemented, the policy will remove all British Government funding.

Can our rail networks afford to hike up fares in this way? We’re always being encouraged to leave our cars at home and take advantage of public transport.

That’s all well and good if you can afford it.

* THERE’S always muck to be raked up somewhere and especially when a new biography is about to be launched.

It seems that at every new unveiling there’s a frisson of excitement as to who or what might be named and shamed. A new book about fashion icon Coco Chanel is probably going to prove to be no exception.

Coco – or perhaps that should be agent F-7124 – was a Nazi collaborator during the Second World War, reveals journalist Hal Vaughn, author of Sleeping With The Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War.

I can’t help feeling disappointed – if not shocked.

I remember when I first read about Enid Blyton being a bullying mother and wife and not the woman I expected her to be, given the world she inhabited – fairies, adventures and idyllic families.

Now my beliefs re Coco look like they’ll be shattered too. Suddenly she doesn’t smell as sweet as the wonderful fragrances that bear her name.