PETALING JAYA: Police have arrested a postman whose tale of not getting his Aidilfitri bonus caught the fancy of social media users.
Bernama reported he had been detained for making an illegal collection through social media.
Police arrested the 22-year-old man and two others for soliciting funds over social media since May 17 for a “fellow postman” because postmen did not get any bonus from their employer this year.
Seberang Perai Tengah district police chief Shafee Abd Samad told Bernama the trio — two men and a woman — were picked up separately between Wednesday and last night.
He said a postman had lodged a police report on Wednesday about an article going viral on Facebook on an appeal for donations for a postman because postmen did not get any bonus for Aidilfitri this year.
“One of the men arrested claimed he did not have anything to do with the article and denied that he was the individual whose photograph and bank account number had come with the article. But we suspected something was amiss,” Shafee said today.
He said upon investigation, it was learnt that he had come up with the article and that the photograph and bank account number were his.
He said the postman told police he had related the problem of not getting a bonus to his elder brother and foster sister before posting the article on Facebook, using the name of Amirul Megat for the so-called postman in need of aid.
“The RM5,000 that some people had donated to the account had indeed gone into the postman’s account.
“The postman admitted having used some of the money.
“Police have seized his bank ATM card and mobile phone,” he said.
Police then arrested a 35-year-old woman at 10pm yesterday when she gave a statement to the police at the Seberang Perai Tengah district police headquarters.
Police later detained her 23-year-old younger brother in Padang Serai, Kedah, just after midnight.
“The trio are under remand for three days from today,” he said.
The social media post of the postman crying outside a house caused many social media users to attack Pos Malaysia which, in its defence, said the Covid-19 pandemic had affected its business.
In a statement, it said despite an increase in parcel volume throughout the movement control order (MCO) period, its other businesses, including mail, international parcels, aviation and logistics, had been affected.
“Despite this, Pos Malaysia continues to protect the livelihood of over 15,000 frontliners and operational support employees and ensure that their needs are prioritised.
“While many severely impacted sectors in the country have resorted to salary reductions, job cuts or other drastic measures, Pos Malaysia continues to strive hard in ensuring that these employees’ futures are protected.”
The “home owner” was quoted in the social media report as stating that he shared the picture of the postman crying after the rider told him that the usual RM1,000 Aidilfitri bonus would not be given this year despite the heavier workload during the MCO period.
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