IPOH: All he wanted to do was deliver newspapers, but for 70-year-old Siew Chen Sam it has become a fearful task after he was mugged three times in one week.
Siew was mugged for the first time on Monday at the traffic light near the Pasir Pinji wet market at 4am when he was collecting newspapers from a nearby shop.
Three robbers on two motorcycles stopped him at the traffic light. He tried to fight back with a stick but the group had a machete with them. Afraid, he gave them RM40.
The next day at the same time and the same spot, the same group mugged him again. This time they took RM300.
On Friday, 5am, five robbers chased and mugged him. It was the last straw for Siew.
Patrols increased after he lodged a report at the Pasir Pinji police station.
“I have been a newspaper vendor for 40 years and this is the first time such a thing has happened to me. Any motorcycle that follows me, I will be scared. But it is my livelihood and I still have to go out to deliver papers,” he said.
Barisan Nasional Ipoh Timur Wanita chief Kat W. Wong; Ipoh district crime prevention and community safety dept chief Dept Supt Razali Mat Salleh and village chief Law Yeow Him gave their assurance that he would be given protection.
The public is advised to call the police district operations room hotline at 05-2542222 if they need help.