Last week, Syed Saddiq's face NFTs were advertised on the OpenSea NFT marketplace. He's selling them for charity in hopes of raising funds for flood control and more.
More recently, another high profile Malaysian, whose name is synonymous with AirAsia, got on the NFT train. Newsflash: Tony Fernandes was gifted an NFT from Jay Chou's collection called PhantaBear, and it was purchased from his donor for 1 ETH (about RM14,000 at the time of writing).
“My first NFT present. Thank you, man from South Asia. Check out Airasia on Internet 3.0, ”wrote Tony Fernandes in an Instagram post that broke the news.
Over on OpenSea we can see the transactions that took place for Tony to own PHANTA BEAR # 1281.
The transaction details of PHANTA BEAR # 1281
If you look at the transaction details of PHANTA BEAR # 1281, you can see that user "AC8C10" bought the NFT from someone named "tantan_" and transferred ownership to "EB2DA4". EB2DA4 is believed to be Toney Fernandes based on his Instagram post claiming ownership of the NFT.
If you go to the AC8C10 profile, you will find that you own the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) "bigpayme.eth". However, it would be too far at this point to immediately assume that AC8C10 is in any way connected to BigPay.
Dictionary time: ENS is an Ethereum-based project that enables users to view long Ethereum public addresses in a simplified text-based manner. This makes it easier to share, use and remember addresses and other data.
That is, unless BigPay itself uses this domain in the future or there are future transactions from this account that refer us to BigPay or AirAsia.
The account associated with “AC8C10”
However, Tony's Instagram caption for his NFT post piqued our curiosity. "Watch airasia on Internet 3.0" – could we assume that he is hinting at or suggesting a possibility that AirAsia will enter the NFT space? Only time will tell, we guess.
If so, some ways the brand could take advantage of NFTs would be releasing merchandise bundled with NFTs, or even developing AllStar avatars for the Metaverse.
We know the brand is not averse to trying new things. Some examples are the launch of its virtual idol in 2021 and its AI chatbot AVA in 2019.
But for now we can only say with confidence that Tony is connected to the "0xeb2da416dee2b7fa45c9723a1c66478d47a3fe3b" wallet and we will definitely keep an eye on any future transactions in which she is involved.
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Featured Image Source: Tony Fernandes