After getting bashed by local netizens over his recent controversy, Carl Samsudin has finally fulfilled his promise to meet the homeless elderly man, known as Abdul Hadi, face-to-face.
As seen in the post shared by Carl (real name Muhammad Khalif Samsudin) on his Instagram yesterday (Thursday, 29th July), the entrepreneur had met with the 64-year-old man to apologise to him, apart from clearing the air on the whole situation.
Carl uploaded a photo of him sitting in front of Abdul Hadi, accompanied with a brief caption, “I’m sorry.” The comments section has been disabled by the 34-year-old entrepreneur, seemingly to avoid from being further attacked by internet trolls.
In his subsequent post on IG Story later that night, the founder of the boutique Bella Ammara revealed that he had forgiven “everyone” (assumed to be the naysayers). He hopes that this issue will become a lesson for the public. “May this be a lesson for all, especially for me who was at fault. Once again I apologise and I forgive everyone,” he wrote.
Meanwhile. Malaysian actress Erma Fatima pointed out that she didn’t see Carl acting rude to the uncle after watching the viral clip several times. According to Erma, as someone who has faced troubled homeless people, she thinks that they need to be given a harsh reprimand in order to change their lives.
“It’s not that I agree with his (Carl’s) action, but I didn’t see him being rude or impolite. It’s a different case if he used abusive words. I watched the video repeatedly before commenting about the issue,” the “Mak Cun” actress told mStar.
She added, “For me, that’s his own way of motivating the homeless, especially young people. He just used the uncle as an example for young people who chose to live on the streets. I understand the uncle is an elderly man and maybe the individual was a bit too rough. But I see him as someone who is loud and assertive.”
“If you watch the video properly, there were a lot of homeless young people there. A lot of young people who chose to be homeless,” Erma further added during the chat with the portal, “While they are still able to find a job, they chose to be lazy.”
The 53-year-old then said, “Maybe because they saw the individual (Carl) as someone who is young and has no manners in speaking to the elderly like that, but that’s how people usually motivate others. Netizens only see the individual as being rude, but we were not there and do not know the true nature of homeless people. Some are filthy, and others are just being lazy.” Her comments didn’t sit well with the public, many of whom slammed her for being ignorant.
In related news, K-Clique member MK has publicly apologised for being too emotional with Carl’s rude attitude. In this case, the rapper admitted that he had used obscene words targeted towards the entrepreneur.
MK wrote on his IG Story posts, “It’s not my style to give comments on current issues all this time. But the man was too much, he was being outrageous. Don’t ever think that if you’re successful, you can do everything as you please. I came from a poor family, and I saw the uncle as a member of my own family.”
The “Pulang” hit-maker then added, “I’m sorry for being too emotional. My mind was not in the right track. I accept all the reprimanding and the advices given from everyone. I was foolish too. People usually get angry when they are too emotional. I apologise.”
Perhaps if you have nothing nice to say, silence is the best option.