Malaysian singer Ariff Bahran recently posted a TikTok video of himself storing stacks of cash in his fridge. In the 16-second clip, Ariff can be seen taking out stacks of RM50 and RM100 notes from his fridge.
While some found the video to be entertaining, several netizens chastised the 25-year-old for being a “show-off”.
In an interview with mStar, The Star's Malay language news portal, the singer said he was unfazed by the criticisms.
“I’m OK (with it) because if I take those words to heart and let it bring me down, that's a sign that I don’t understand the workings of social media,” he said.
Ariff also explained that the video he posted was only for content, and that he does keep his money in his bank account.
“I never expected that the video would go viral. Whenever I share about my songs, no one seems to care. But when I share about my private life, so many people want to know more.
“For silly content, I get so many views,” he said.
Addressing the comments accusing him of being boastful, Ariff said that he has never once let the blessings he received go over his head.
He also added that he will continue helping needy people who ask him for help.
“I have been in their situation before I became a singer. I understand how it feels to start a new chapter at 18 or 19, especially those who are just starting to look for a job.
“Whenever I can help, I will help,” he said.
Ariff’s musical journey began in 2014 after competing in the reality singing contest, Pop Krew.
The artiste, who hails from Selangor, rose to popularity in 2017 after releasing his debut single, Kata Akhirmu.
He was also one of the contestants in the first season of popular Malaysian singing competition, Big Stage.