With only a small child and an empty container “accompanying” her, no one would have imagined that a female beggar could be making more money than an average salary earner in Malaysia.
Recently, a netizen named Muhamad Reza Khalili Khalil had taken to his Facebook page to share a story about a foreigner, who supposedly disguised as a beggar in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. It is said that the woman had been collecting donations of up to RM2,300 a day!
“Beggars are rich, they earn even more than some ministers!” Muhamad Reza quipped. “This foreign lady wore a headscarf, disguising as a Muslim. When I asked to recite (the Shahada), she shook her head. She also responded in a similar manner when I asked if she’s a Muslim.”
The social media user further revealed that the woman had kept a daily income record book for 2021 and 2022. In one of the photos uploaded by Muhamad Reza on his social media, it appears that the woman had collected RM2,050 on 18th April and RM2,100 on 25th April last year.
“She’s willing to take a Grab ride from Sungai Buloh all the way to Seremban. Apparently, Seremban people are generous. True enough, Malaysians are generous,” Muhamad Reza remarked in his FB posting. It didn’t take too long before his post went viral online.
The comments section has been flooded with netizens airing their mixed reactions and Muhamad Reza’s revelation on the matter. Many feel that female beggars tend to use babies and small kids as a tactic to gain sympathy from the public. Feel free to read more of their comments here:
To quote one commentator on FB, “It’s better for all the money to go to our parents (family), rather than donating them to such degrades of society.” What do you think?