Mydin Mohamed Holdings managing director Datuk Ameer Ali said he will "menghalalkan" (allow) people who stole from a Mydin outlet in Shah Alam, Selangor
In a statement published on Twitter today, 21 December, Ameer said he was saddened to see the catastrophic incident of severe flooding while the country was still battling with the COVID-19 pandemic.
He revealed that the Mydin outlet in Taman Sri Muda was also not spared from the storm, causing the company to lose millions of ringgit.
Ameer then addressed viral videos and photos about the incident of looting at the outlet, which he said was widely discussed on social media
"Honestly, I do not condone the act of stealing. However, due to the emergency, it is possible that people had no other option but to do it (steal) in order to survive," he speaks in a video published on MYDIN Malaysia's Facebook page.
"With all sincerity, I menghalalkan (give my permission for) them (who stole from the outlet) but only with the intention of survival because of the delay in aid relief, and not because of other reasons."
Ameer prays for the flood victims to survive through the ordeal.
Yesterday, 20 December, Shah Alam district police chief ACP Baharudin Mat Taib said several convenience stores in Taman Sri Muda were broken into between 1pm and 2pm
According to New Straits Times, Mydin Mart, as well as KK Super Mart, 7-Eleven, and GMart were affected by the break-ins.
Baharudin said a team of policemen was deployed to the area to conduct crime prevention rounds and that the team was assisted by members of the General Operations Force.
However, witnesses revealed that flood victims were forced to take drastic action because government coordinated supplies arrived two days late after floodwaters rose to dangerous levels, reported Malaysiakini.
Taman Sri Muda is one of the hardest-hit areas, as floodwaters were said to be not receding and the area had no electricity.
Meanwhile, here are other businesses that have offered help to flood victims during this trying time: