Senior citizens return money
The group, aged 60 and above, said they felt that the state government had taken them for a ride by giving them money from dubious sources.
Imam Saidin Chik, 65, of Kampung Pulau Mertajam, said he was disappointed after being told that the money could have come from gambling sources.
"I felt cheated. It is not right for me to keep the money now since I have doubts over its sources.
"I am very relieved that I have returned it," he said.
Saidin said he would advise other elderly folk from his village to return the money, too, and also to be extra careful when receiving donations from the state government in future.
Rosnani Rashid, 54, also from Kampung Pulau Mertajam suffered a nervous breakdown upon learning the matter as her fisherman husband Othman Mahmud, 62, had died in a road accident a week after receiving the money in April.
Their son, Mohd Fitri, 29, who was also involved in the incident succumbed to his head injury a month later.
"If we knew that the money was from dubious sources, my husband would have turned it down.
"I am very disappointed upon learning the news and decided to return it," she said.
Saad Jaafar, 77, from Kuala Muda said he returned the money on his own accord as he doubted the sources of the fund.
"As a Muslim, I have never been involved in gambling activities. So, I find it hard to keep the money," Saad said after a simple ceremony to return the money at Penaga assemblyman Datuk Azhar Ibrahim's service centre here.
Azhar said the ceremony was held after receiving many phone calls and inquiries from the senior citizens.
"They returned the money voluntarily as they felt that they were cheated by the state government."
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