BUKIT MERTAJAM: Father of three Mohd Pirdaus Azizan, who was offered a job and pocket money after he was caught stealing RM27 worth of foodstuff from a hypermarket here, said he did it after seeing his four-year-old son crying in hunger.
The 31-year-old, who made the news when more than 10 international news agencies carried the story, said that on the evening of March 9, he and his children were at home when his son started crying due to hunger.
â€œWe took a walk and passed by a hypermarket. Since I did not have enough money and did not want to beg or burden others, I just walked in and started stuffing some food items into my backpack.
â€œWhen I was caught by the guards and interrogated by the store maÂnaÂger, I admitted my wrongdoing and showed him my wifeâ€™s medical reports, which I carry with me in the backpack daily.
â€œThe manager had called the police but after doing a check on my background, he cancelled the police report and offered me a job at the hypermarket instead.
â€œHe even gave me some cash to help me out,â€ Mohd Pirdaus said in an interview here, breaking his silence for the first time since the incident.
He said his seven-year-old daughter had yet to attend school and the couple had two more sons, aged four and two.
â€œLife was going well for us. However, while working at the NS camp, the Government announced the suspension of the NS programme and I was left jobless.
â€œI found a job as a welder in a steel mill, which paid me RM30 daily, but the income I received was unstable.
â€œSince I couldnâ€™t afford the high rental of our house, I left my job there and moved the family to my brother-in-lawâ€™s low-cost flat in Taman Impian Indah.
â€œHe lives there with his wife and two children,â€ he added.
Mohd Pirdaus said his priority was to send his daughter to school and that he would start work at the hypermarket once he was ready.-The Star Online