PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - An elderly blind man forced traffic along a street in Malaysia to come to a standstill on Wednesday (May 10) afternoon, refusing to budge unless he was given RM20 (S$ 6.50).
In a video recorded by radio presenter Matthew Ong, which has now gone viral, the man is seen standing in the middle of the street in Jalan Telawi 4, Bangsar, with a line of cars in front of him.
Mr Ong said he first noticed the man when he did not move even after a passer-by attempted to help him.
"Thinking it was a language issue, I went up to him to help, but then I realised that he wasn't clueless.
"He knew exactly what he was doing and wouldn't budge unless I gave him some money," he wrote in a Facebook post.
Mr Ong said he handed the man RM1, but the man still refused to move off the road.
"He took the cash and then continued standing there after berating me that it wasn't enough. He wanted RM10 or RM20. That's when I took this video," he said.
In the video, Mr Ong can be heard telling the man in Hokkien that he is holding up traffic and verbally offers him RM5.
However, the man refuses to accept and replies "don't make me angry or I will hit you".
The camera then pans to a car blocked by the elderly man.
The driver, who appears frustrated, hands RM10 to Mr Ong to pass to the man to get him to move away.
The man accepts the money and slowly ambles off to the side of the road, allowing traffic to pass.
The video has been viewed more than 150,000 times, received 2,000 shares and has garnered comments from the public who claimed to have encountered the same man with the same modus operandi.
They say he has been spotted in various areas such as Desa Sri Hartamas, Kota Damansara, Mont Kiara and USJ Subang Jaya.
"Seen him in Hartamas before too. He was standing at the roadside calling for help to bring him across. I did. But after that, he asked me to buy his magazine. I said I'll pass," posted Facebook user Candy Han.
"Then he rudely asked me, are you working here or are you just a poor student? He then scolded me saying I was heartless for not buying from a blind uncle. (I'm) speechless," said Ms Han.
Mr Yaacob Khan, another Facebook user, said he had encountered the man in Kota Damansara and Mont Kiara.
"He yells tolong (help) to the point where his voice breaks... either he asks for money or a ride elsewhere," he said, adding that the man was taking advantage of the kindness of others.