Education is the key to lifting people out of poverty. But at the same time, it is also one of the main reasons that Malaysian students choose to drop out of school.
Recently, Kuan Chee Heng, better known as Uncle Kentang, took to his Facebook page to share about his encounter with a university student who was caught stealing people’s table leftovers at KFC, Paradigm Mall, by an employee.
According to him, the student is a 20-years old Chinese boy who scored 11 As in his SPM and is currently in his second year studying medicine at a private university. He was also given a RM250,000 loan by JPA to further his studies.
Unfortunately, the boy did not have enough support for his daily expenses and had to resort to eat people’s leftovers.
Kuan said the student’s father does not have a permanent job and works as an odd-job labourer, while his mother is a housewife in Melaka. After paying the difference of RM5,000 for his tuition fees, his parents can only afford to give him RM100 a month for meals.
When asked why he eats leftovers, the student replied, “Makan what, can eat one lah”.
Dinner depends on his luck
Kuan said the student would usually approach the KFC counter staff to ask if there are any leftovers. However, he made it clear that he would only go to them after 9 pm when the dinner rush was over.
If there were no leftovers, he would then have to scourge whatever bones were left over on the table by KFC customers and eat it.
In the worst case where no food was found, he would have to return to his hostel hungry.
When Kuan probed further, the student said he did not want to burden his parents any more as they are financially strained.
He added that the student was still wearing his old shoes from his Form 5 days as he could not even afford to buy a new pair of sports shoes.
In the comment section, many netizens expressed sympathy for the student and suggested that he can get a part-time job to earn his living expenses.
Meanwhile, some netizens also pointed out that the cost of education has increased so much to the point where it has become unbearable for the average Malaysian.
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