KANGAR: Perlis Mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has chided the behaviour of some poor in the state who are lazy and refuse to work to elevate their living standards.
He said he often participated in the Raja Muda Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail’s bicycle-riding programme, visiting the poor in villages to hand over contributions and to see for himself their living conditions.
“When the Raja Muda entourage arrives at their homes, I find some individuals still under their blankets while the rest of the population are already out working to earn a living,” said Mohd Asri in his weekly lecture at the Alwi Mosque here last night.
Mohd Asri said during the visit, a majority of the poor complained of not having enough money to buy daily necessities, including rice.
“What I regret is that among those who receive contributions from the Raja Muda, some have a cigarette pack in their pockets. If they can buy a pack of cigarettes at RM15 or RM17 each but are unable to buy a small bag of rice for only RM13, they should not be categorised as poor,” said Mohd Asri.
He expressed his hope that the poor in Perlis would soon change their attitude and work hard to elevate their family’s living standard by doing whatever work they could find.