Encased in a plexiglass box decorated with balloons, a bright yellow Porsche 718 Cayman was gifted to a woman by her parents on her 21st birthday in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Presented to their daughter while she was at work on Nov. 2, a disco remix of “Happy Birthday” song blared from nearby speakers in English and Mandarin as the car was delivered on the back of a truck. The plexiglass case also featured the message, “Dear daughter, Happy birthday to you, You are always the best in the hearts of your father and mother! Love you,” reported The Online Citizen.
Initially shared on Nov. 2 by car dealer Alex Chen, who supplied the car, the video and story quickly caught wind, going viral with Sinchew Daily, a Malaysian Chinese-language newspaper, covering the event soon after.
In response to the flashy presentation of her gift, the daughter was reportedly embarrassed and hid her face in her hands.
However, her mother Wen, 39, states that her daughter’s happy smile when she hugged her parents was approval enough.
According to Wen, the expensive gift was a promise her husband had made to her daughter. Although the original promise did not detail a specific sports car, Wen and her husband decided on the Porsche 718 Cayman after two months of contemplation.
In an interview with Sin Chew Daily, the mother explained, “about two months ago, we selected the sports car that we think is quite beautiful and suitable for our daughter, and [we] arranged a spatial way to gift it to her,” Says translates.
Although the daughter’s actual birthday is in December, the parents couldn’t wait and presented the gift a month early on November 2.
This is not the first time the parents have gifted their children with lavish gifts. With four children —two sons and two daughters — the parents reportedly treat all their children equally, mentioning that their eldest son was also gifted in a similar manner.
In response to a Facebook post of the story bySin Chew Daily, netizens took to the comments to express their amusement.
“I’m planning on buying my daughter a Lamborghini too[.] Toy version,” a user jokingly wrote as translated by Facebook.
“Hello father in law[.] No need to send me a sports car, just send me a lorry that carries a sport car,” another user wrote.
“Don’t let my daughter see it I’ll be stressed tf out,” another user commented.
However, other Facebook users were more critical of the parents and their public display.
“There is no problem with sending luxury car, many rich people are like that, but you have to be low-key, so that every in the world knows it, but it will hurt him,” a user explained.
“People in the past were children obedient to their parents[.] People nowadays are parents who are obedient to their children[.] End Time, many concepts are upside down. Sadness!” another user commented.
Initiated as a trend in China, car presentation ceremonies have recently attracted attention in Malaysia, Alex explains in his post. However, this is the first time he has seen it taken place in Johor Bahru. The luxurious gifts and outrageous presentations have garnered responses like those above.
As of this writing, Chen’s original Facebook post has received 2,100 likes, 393 comments, and 2,800 shares. Sin Chew Daily’s Facebook post has received more than 11,000 likes and over 2,600 comments.
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