The article below was taken from The Star Malaysia 28th July 2008
PETALING JAYA: An armed robber apologised profusely for robbing a children’s home, and then made his getaway with two accomplices in the home’s brand new van.
Without their only mode of transportation, the administrators of Rumah Kasih in SS3 here were frantically calling friends and well-wishers yesterday to help ferry their 16 female charges to school, tuition and for other errands.
“This upsets our routine tremendously. Worse, the robbers shattered our sense of security. The girls no longer feel safe and are fearful of being attacked again,” said Rumah Kasih founding member and spokesperson Peter Anthony Das.
The three robbers, in their 20s and armed with parangs, had climbed over the closed automatic gate at 6.50am. The main grille was closed but not locked because house caretaker G. Rani had wanted to air the floor mat in the garden.
The robbers rushed into the home. One grabbed a child, Samantha, 12, and put a parang to her neck, telling her to be quiet.
Another rushed to Rani, 46, and demanded money, threatening to kill her if she made any noise.
“I was in the kitchen. Samantha was in the hall. The other children were sleeping in the rooms. The third robber began searching around the house for valuables,” Rani recalled.
“I pleaded with them not to harm the children, saying this was a home for underprivileged girls and that we did not have money.”
The agitated robber then swung his parang at Rani’s neck. She blocked it with her left hand and suffered cuts. The robber then snatched the wedding thali around her neck and also took a gold pendant.
Rani and Samantha were later shoved from room to room as the robbers continued their search for valuables. Some of the children awakened by the commotion hid under the beds.
Finding nothing, the robbers decided to steal the 14-seater van donated by another founding member, Benedict Raju.
“One robber repeatedly said sorry before the three escaped in the van,” said Rani.
Das said the house administrators would have to depend on the goodwill of well-wishers to provide transport for the girls. Those wishing to help, can contact Das at 012-213 4468.
Now these are real bloody bastard. How could they rob from those helpless children? That’s inhumane. Honestly, I can’t believe even robbers would step so low as to rob from poor children. This article really got me thinking. First it’s a restaurant being robbed of the food that they’re supposed to sell. Then it’s the children home/orphanage. What’s next? Robbing from the poor and helpless old people in the old folks homes? God, when will this nonsense stop?
I guess I can answer my own question. These nonsense will not stop, at least not with the current state of economy where our money value seems to go way, way down. Not to mention that working opportunities are hard to come by as well these days. There are more people getting retrenched and fired than people who are getting a decent pay job and salary increament. People are struglling to earn a living and feed themselve that standard of living is no longer a priority. Surviving is.
I dare to speculate that such crime will continue to happen as long as the economy is not benefitting the lower and the middle income people. What else are they supposed to do when their money is not enough to feed themselves, what more to feed hungry mouth at home? Surely the temptation to rob or steal is too much to resist.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that robbing in the time of need is justified. Robbing and stealing cannot be justified, no matter what is the reason of the action. But honestly, I would prefer these robbers make an effort to rob some rich ass house who owns a few cars for a vehicle rather than robbing from the children who only have one van to shuffle them around.