I suppose the story of a chcken thief who couldn’t recognise a chicken in court as the one he was alleged to have stolen was meant to provide some comic relief in the The Star. You are meant to chuckle or laugh when you read it.
But read the report more carefully and you will see that the accused had to support his family on RM25 a day. That’s about RM750/month, putting the household on the threshold of the official poverty line. Nothing to laugh about there. And he gets three months jail for stealing a chicken.
Now we shouldn’t condone even petty theft.
But we all know how difficult it is for any household to survive on less than RM1,500/month or even more, let alone RM750.
How about poverty in a land of plenty? Do we condone that?
My question now: what is the penalty for those who are now allowing TNB to bleed RM500 million in “capacity charges” over the next eight months by allowing an IPP to operate a power plant (Jimah) to provide electricity that the country doesn’t need? The Jimah plant, which will be operational in January, will raise the country’s power reserve margin to 45 per cent. The CEO of TNB says the country doesn’t need the power and can do without it. Who will profit from the Jimah power plant?
Will anyone be hauled up to account for this?
Friday December 12, 2008
Chicken thief couldn’t recognise bird
IPOH: A man who admitted to stealing a chicken got amused looks in a magistrate’s court here when he could not recognise the same bird brought to him for identification.
Contract worker R. Maran, 29, was asked to identify the bird after pleading guilty to stealing the 1.5kg cockerel from a coop in Hala Perindustrian Menglembu 13, here, on Oct 10.
However, when owner carried the chicken into the magistrate’s court yesterday, Maran unexpectedly denied that the black bird with brown chest feathers was the one he had stolen.
“What? You think it has been switched?” asked prosecuting officer Asst Supt Jamaluddin Osman to chuckles from the public gallery.
At one point, ASP Jamaluddin even brought out a photograph of the stolen chicken to compare it with the live bird for Maran’s benefit.
The prosecuting officer and magistrate Sharmila Abdul Samad finally pointed out to the accused that the chicken would have grown bigger since the theft two months ago.
Maran then acknowledged that it was the same bird, and pleaded to the court for a lighter sentence as he had to support his wife and two young children. He also said his family was poor and that he only earned RM25 a day.
The magistrate sentenced him to three months’ jail from Oct 10, the date he was caught red-handed with the chicken at the coop.