Over the years, as a result of economic uncertainty, it’s become increasingly hard to make a living or even find a job in Malaysia as well as many other parts of the world. That being said, it’s even harder for parents who need to feed and raise their kids up.
A 31-year-old father who had hit rockbottom in life was caught after he allegedly stealing food and school items for his three children worth more than RM400 at a supermarket here in Iskandar Puteri. The suspect was stopped by a security guard at the supermarket who asked him to produce the receipts for the items as proof of purchase.
However, the desperate father, who works as a cook for a government department in the district for the past 13 years, could not do so.
Iskandar Puteri district police chief Superintendent Noor Hashim Mohamad told at a press conference here that the suspect was later brought to the management office after failing to present the proof of purchase.
According to him, the suspect tried to steal various frozen food products, ice-cream, candy, shoes, school shoe polish, stocking, school uniforms, all amounting to RM415.60.
The suspect had gone to the supermarket with his eldest son, a three-year-old toddler.
Noor Hashim said initial investigation revealed that the suspect resorted to stealing as he did not have enough money to pay for his children’s school supplies nor for food.
The case is being investigated under Section 380 of the Penal Code for theft in a building.
It goes without saying that this incident was nothing short of heartbreaking. Risking time behind bars for the sake of his children, the suspect, though caught committing theft, had nothing less of the most pure intentions.
Many netizens who heard of what pushed the suspect to committing theft, are saddened by the desperation of the 31-year-old father, and have offered to gather money to pay for his bail should the court allow a bail, and to pay for his family’s expenses.
What is your take on the incident? Would you have done the same as the suspect did? Would you help the suspect out? Do let us know.
Originally reported by NST