A person with disability (OKU) was left to beg on the streets to keep himself going after his wives left one after another over nine marriages.
Speaking to NST, 77-year-old Jusoh (not his real name) was left with no savings or property after his ex-wives had taken all his assets and abandoned him.
Jusoh was married 9 times but has no children or relatives. Thus, he had no choice but to resort to begging to keep himself going.
“I have been married to nine women, but our relationships did not last,” he said.
“I will never blame God for what has happened and accepted it as fate, although I’m now poor and have no one to rely on.”
“All my wives have left me after l gave them my properties. My last wife took my savings after l become handicapped following a road accident three years ago.”
Jusoh was among the 9 beggars who were picked up by the authorities in special operations around Kota Baru, Kelantan on 23 April.
Meanwhile, the state Social Welfare Department (JKM) reported that almost 80% of the nabbed beggars in Kelantan are recipients of monthly assistance from the department.
According to Bernama, State JKM Enforcement Division assistant director Mohamad Md Nor said they picked up 10 beggars, 9 of them are local citizens, while the remaining is a Thailand national. All of them are aged between 50 and 77.
“We would like to remind the public not to be duped and to be careful when giving alms and donations as almost 80% of those arrested are recipients of JKM monthly assistance,” said Mohamad.
“JKM also launched a ‘Bijak Membantu Elak Tertipu‘ (Help Wisely, Avoid Being Duped) campaign to raise awareness among the public to offer suitable assistance to beggars because we found that some of them have savings of up to RM20,000.”
Mohamad also said the number of beggars will increase as Hari Raya Aidilfitri closes in because more people will distribute alms then. He added that 2 beggars among the nabbed individuals used fake documents from a mosque to ask for donations.
The individuals will be sent to old folks’ homes, given a stern warning, and requested to sign a Letter of Undertaking.
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