Regretful Internet café workers in Malaysia unknowingly deleted a computer game developed by a 12-year-old boy for over a year and considered it a virus.
Muhammad Thaqif, however, was praised by a government minister for his perseverance.
He had planned to sell his game for only one ringgit – about 18 pence – to help his impoverished mother.
Muhammad, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq praised, "There must be more young people like him."
Muhammad Thaqif (right) was praised by Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq. He said, "There must be more young people like him."
Mr. Saddiq added that Muhammad's determination was "brilliant."
The 25-year-old minister later tweeted that he had a meeting with Malaysia's "youngest game developer".
Muhammad had posted in September in the Facebook group PC Gaming Community Malaysia that he was working on an ego zombie shooter game that he wanted to sell.
But in October he wrote again that the game had been deleted.
Fortunately, employees were able to retrieve the program.
"I spent almost a year with this game," he said on Facebook.
He also asked if any of his followers could suggest laptops costing less than £ 65.
Well-known social media users have stood up for their cause and offered praise and support, with a Twitter post receiving more than 10,000 retweets.
"It's great that he has such good computer skills, he was also very mature for his age, well done!" Said a tweeter.
"I realize he's very talented and will go a long way in life," said another Twitter user.
As a result of the social media campaign, Muhammad received a computer from an imam and donations.
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Mr. Saddiq has tweeted: "Industry is expected to reach $ 4.5 billion by 2021. I want to position Malaysia as a leader in Asean [the Association of Southeast Asian Nations], '