Compiled by HANIS ZAINAL, NG SI HOOI and R. ARAVINTHAN
A syndicate in Kuala Lumpur has been exploiting children to sell Yasin booklets (surah Yasin), Metro Ahad reported.
The syndicate, which used the children to elicit sympathy from the public, earned as much as RM1,000 per day from the sale of the booklets.
A raid on Saturday on the streets of the capital city by police’s federal special task force for anti-vice, gaming and gangsterism (STAGG) led to the arrests of 16 people, including eight children, for begging activities.
STAGG assistant director Senior Asst Comm Khairi Ahrasa said that the raid was conducted based on intelligence collected on the syndicate.
“Five of the children, who were exploited by the syndicate, used to sell the booklets to people around Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Masjid India and Jalan Bukit Bintang,” said ACP Khairi, adding that the adults were between 50 and 60 years old.
He said all those arrested were Rohingya who held the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) card for refugees.
“Police also seized cash of RM802 and 95 booklets,” ACP Khairi said.
He said the booklets were obtained by them at a price of RM1.50 per copy but were sold at RM5 each.
“We saw the children were exploited as we observed that they were asked to give their earnings to the syndicate before continuing to peddle,” he said.
> Actress Nad Zainal told Kosmo! that she cried the first time she had to leave her son to go work in another state.
She said she had to leave four-month-old Fahad Ibrahim Muhammad Faliq for two days to go to Pahang for the shooting of the Citarasa Malaysia travelogue last month.
“Near the date I had to go, I felt sad and guilty and a host of other negative feelings.
“The day I had to leave Fahad, I cried and told my husband I couldn’t go,” said the 27-year old.
However, her husband assured her that he would take good care of their son and persuaded her to go for the shoot.
“It’s a good thing there is technology such as FaceTime so I can see his face when I am away,” she added.
Nad said that motherhood had made her better organised and more responsible.
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