Good Samaritan dies after stopping snatch theft

SUNGAI PETANI, Sept 4 — A father of three died of head injuries at the Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital here today, two days after he gallantly overpowered one of two snatch thieves near here amid a debate on the country’s crime rate.

Kulim National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) assistant officer Mohd Majdi Abdul Hamid, 33, succumbed to his injuries at about 6am, Bernama reported today.

The victim, who was based at the AADK in Karangan, had fought for his life for two days after the 12.30pm incident in which he leapt at one of two snatch thieves escaping on a motorcycle in Bidong.

Mohd Majdi and one of the thieves then fell on the road, with the former sustaining serious head injuries and being warded at the hospital.

One of the snatch thieves was detained to facilitate investigations while his accomplice escaped.

Relating the tragic incident, Mohd Majdi’s mother-in-law, Che Amah Abdullah, 52, said the victim and his daughter, Nur Asma Nuha, were having lunch at a restaurant when one of the two snatch thieves grabbed a patron’s handbag.

“The thieves tried to make good their escape on a motorcycle but were forced to make a U-turn as their escape route via a train-crossing was closed.

“Mohd Majdi jumped and grabbed one of the duo but he sustained head injuries when they both fell to the ground,” she told reporters at the hospital.

Meanwhile, the victim’s wife, Norbaizura Rohim, 30, said her husband had served with AADK for nine years and that they had three children, Mohd Atib Naufal, six, Nur Asma Nuha, five, and Nahiz Nafiz, two.

“I am still reeling in shock. Nevertheless, I must stay strong to bring up the children on my own.”

Che Amah said she would assist her daughter to take care of the children, and described Mohd Majdi as a good, friendly and helpful son-in-law.

Mohd Majdi was buried at the Kampung Baru Muslim cemetery today.

His death came as opposition lawmakers continue to question crime statistics issued by the police and the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU), the government’s efficiency unit, after a spate of incidents that seemed to contradict the image painted by its crime statistics.

The agency, along with the police and Home Ministry, has continued to stand by its claim that the country’s crime rate has dipped considerably since initiatives under the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) were put in place two years ago.

PEMANDU’s crime reduction national key results areas (NKRA) director Eugene Teh had in July released fresh statistics to show that index crime in Malaysia dropped by 10.1 per cent from January to May this year compared with the same period last year.

The agency had earlier released figures to show that index crime had dropped by 11.1 per cent from 2010 to last year while street crime dipped 39.7 per cent in the same period.


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