Compiled by C. ARUNO, PAVITHRA RAMAN and R. ARAVINTHAN
TWO brothers who paid RM10,000 and were promised new careers, allowances and accommodation in London were left homeless until they were rescued by a Malaysian man working there, Kosmo! reported.
Mohamad Araz Abdullah, 23, said he did not think that his intention to work in London to help his family would result in misfortune for himself and his 30-year-old brother Mohamad Aiman.
“The most unforgettable aspect of this was we had to pick up people’s leftover food in London to stave off hunger,” he added.
It all began when Araz reached out to a man they encountered in the comments section of TikTok.
“The man claimed to be an employment agent in London, and he was also willing to meet us in Kuantan to discuss the procedures to go to London.
“We were promised jobs, visas, accommodation, allowances and two-way flight tickets. The man asked for a total payment of RM10,000 to cover all costs,” he added.
After a discussion with his mother who runs a food stall, the brothers agreed to use her savings to pay the man for their trip to London.
The brothers then realised it was all a con job when no one was there to greet them in London, and they were forced to live on the streets for four days before being rescued by a Malaysian man named Mich from Johor Baru.
Mich, who works as a cook, offered them temporary accommodation and meals and even contacted their families to inform them of what had happened.
Araz said he and his brother still hope to work in London to repay the money they borrowed from their mother and improve their family’s financial situation.
“I hope Malaysians will not be deceived by the tempting promises of some individuals or syndicates such as these,” said Mich, who is currently helping the brothers to find jobs in London.
> After obtaining the lowest score and almost being eliminated from reality show Gegar Vaganza 9 (GV9), radio presenter Dina Nadzir said she is not discouraged and even welcomed the harsh comments made by one of the judges, Datuk Ramli MS, reported Utusan Malaysia.
“As a singer, I have to accept them because if I don’t, how would I learn? When performing live, many mistakes could happen because it is a little different during rehearsals in which I concentrate more on my singing,” she added.
Dina also stated that she had never used the excuse of being infected with Covid-19 when she recently failed to give her best performance and would not use it as an excuse in future either.
“According to the rules of the competition, whoever receives the lowest score is eliminated, so I have agreed to depart,” Dina added.
“However, I am glad that people still recognise me and my 18 years of experience in the industry.”
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.