Time and time again, Malaysian drivers have often been reminded through multiple public service announcements (PSAs) to never leave any valuables in their vehicles, especially in places where they are most visible such as on car seats. And that comes as no surprise, given the string of break-ins that have been reported in the news involving the theft of laptop bags, purses, and even a diaper bag.
Headmaster loses more than RM100k in cash aid for B40 students to theft
With that said, it would appear that the pivotal piece of advice has eluded one local headmaster which resulted in an incredibly costly mistake. As reported by local news broadcaster TV3 Buletin, over RM100,000 in cash aid dispersed from the Early Schooling Assistance program (Wang Bantuan Awal Persekolahan) by the government was stolen yesterday (January 16th, 2023) in Semenyih.
It was said that the incident had happened sometime in the morning around 10.00am, after the school headmaster had withdrawn the amount for the purposes of distributing it to the students in his school.
For those not familiar with the initiative, the Early Schooling Assistance program was first introduced back in 2012 to help ease the burdens faced by Secondary Form 1 to Form 5 students from families earning a household income of less than RM3,000. Each student is meant to receive a one-off payment amounting to RM100.
Car got broken into while he was buying a drink
After withdrawing the amount, the headmaster proceeded to stash the money under the front passenger seat of his car, which was parked around 30-metres away from the bank. He then visited a food stall next to the bank to buy himself a drink.
To his shock upon returning to his car, the headmaster found that the passenger side window had been shattered and the money had been stolen. Quoting Kajang Police Chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Zaid Hassan, local newspaper Sinar Harian reports that the case will now be investigated under Section 379 of the Penal Code for theft.