People wary as man claiming to be Arab drives around asking for money


KOTA KINABALU: People in the city and its surrounding areas are puzzled over the presence of a man, who claims to be an Arab, seen begging for money.

The man, who has been sighted driving around in what people believe to be rented vehicles with a woman and a child over the past few days, is said to have tried to get money through sympathy.

According to social media users who have had contact with him, the man would drive up to them and ask for money by giving all sorts of excuses, like having lost his identity card and not being able to use his ATM card and credit cards.

Some said the man would have two children in the car, while others said they only saw the man and a woman.

One social media user, DM Nazaruddin Datuk DTigabelas, said the man had been spotted in different vehicles in different locations.

Some said they gave the man some money, while some said they waved him away and left in a hurry.

Among other locations, the man and "his family" have been sighted in the Karamunsing area, Papar, the petrol station near Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Bataras supermarket Putatan and Kinarut.

Many have asked the authorities to look into this matter and investigate whether there were syndicates at work.

Papar police chief Deputy Supt Batholomew Umpit said they were monitoring the matter but said they would not be able to take action as long as no harm or crime was committed.

"If anyone felt like they have been cheated or anything, please come and lodge a report," he said.

He said according to information received, the man was a foreigner who had come to Sabah for travel purposes.

"We will update our information once we have more," DSP Batholomew said.

Kota Kinabalu police chief Asst Comm Habibi Majinji said they were also investigating the matter.