BY: Michelle Liew
Since the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, majority of the lower and middle-class income groups have struggled to get by.
With inevitable pay cuts and termination of employment due to businesses not being able to sustain their operations, people have resorted to alternative methods to sustain their cost of living. Some have opted for a career change, but some have made unwise yet desperate attempts as well.
For this man in Johor, life has been anything but smooth sailing. A man was caught breaking into a restaurant in Kota Tinggi via a CCTV footage around 4.15am on Saturday, 3 April. It was confirmed through a police report that the suspect stole a bag of rice and a carton of milk by himself. The suspect has since been arrested under Section 475 of the Penal Code, in which found guilty, he will be sentenced to imprisonment which may extend to twenty years and shall also be liable to fine.
The man was also tested positive for heroin and police noted that he also had six previous criminal records, three of them involving drug abuse. Kota Tinggi district police chief Supt Hussin Zamora stated that the suspect is an Indonesian man who is now a permanent resident of Malaysia after having married a local woman. It was noted that the wife did not know about her husband’s actions.
“Following the arrest, the police confiscated a bag of rice weighing 10kg and a Yamaha LC135 motorcycle that was registered under the name of the suspect’s wife,” stated Hussin Zamora as quoted from Utusan Malaysia.
It was further noted that the suspect has three children as young as six months and the family depended on the wife who makes RM30 a day.
The issue soon made headlines and instead of garnering negative attention, netizens showed sympathy instead. Netizens poured compassion in the comments section and many expressed that since the man had resorted to stealing due to financial difficulties in order to feed his family, we should not blindly judge one’s character.
Pursuant to this, Kota Tinggi police station Chief Insp Wan Nasrul Fariq paid a visit to the man’s home to hand over a contribution after learning that the family lives in adverse conditions.
“The family is quite underprivileged and they only depend on the wife’s salary of RM30 a day. And she only gets paid on days she has work. Since they have young children who might need food so we took the initiative to pay a visit in order to help ease the burden of this family through the donation of basic necessities,” he said as quoted from Kosmo!
“When we arrived, the wife just sobbed. We hope other people will not take the easy way out regardless of what problems we face. Every action we take has consequences.”
“Even if we live in hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still room for us to apply for aid from any NGO or politician who wants to help,” he added.