'Mr Bean' rides Malaysia's MRT for a good cause

Albanian-born Mr Bean impersonator Faiket Luari took his first ride on Malaysia's MRT good cause.
Albanian-born Mr Bean impersonator Faiket Luari took his first ride on Malaysia's MRT good cause. PHOTO: THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - It looks like "Mr Bean" has ditched his 1976 British Leyland Mini 1000 for a ride on Malaysia's brand-new MRT train.

Albanian-born Mr Bean impersonator Faiket Luari took his first ride on it for a good cause.

He was shooting a video for newly-formed NGO, The Giving Bank, and was accompanied by production crew members Sim Jia Kent, Raphael Lim and Matthias Yap Chee Seng.

The affable Luari was stopped every few minutes to take wefies with fellow commuters, which turned out to be an excellent way to spread the news that he was #hereforgood - the tagline for The Giving Bank.

Founded by entrepreneur Dr Janson Ang and five of his friends in September, The Giving Bank is looking to do good, based on four main pillars - humanitarian, education, medicine and charity.

"We basically wanted to turn our good intentions into something more serious," said Ang, 33.

To be launched officially in January, The Giving Bank has already started several projects, including Bike to School which saw 20 underprivileged children getting bicycles so they don't have to walk to school.

"We also helped two schools raise funds for their less fortunate students so that they could afford school fees, bags and uniforms," he said.

And Mr Bean, err ... Luari, said he was happy to also be able to support The Giving Bank.

"The response was awesome. I saw many hashtagging #thegivingbank and #hereforgood. And many more said they would support the projects," he said.