In an incident that occurred at 10.30am yesterday, villagers in Sitiawan tied two men to a coconut tree after they were caught stealing coconuts at the compound of Sekolah Agama Rakyat Al-Hidayah in Kampung Batu 7 Lekir
The two men were spotted by the owner of a grocery store
After being alerted by the grocery store owner, villagers went to the scene.
The angry villagers found one man loading coconuts into his Proton Wira, while the other was heading to a nearby shop.
The coconut thieves, who were unaware that they have been spotted climbing a five-metre high coconut tree, were apprehended and tied up — to the same coconut tree.
According to former village head Mohd Yaacob Hashim, the coconut thieves were tied up to teach them a lesson
"They admitted to having taken the coconuts and we then tied them both up to the tree using the rope they had utilised to pluck the fruit," Yaacob Hashim told The Star.
He said one of them was in his 30s while the other was in his teens, adding that they had begged to be released, claiming it was the first time they had stolen coconuts.
While the villagers had tied them up, they did not hit or hurt the coconut thieves and waited for police to arrive
"We tied the both of them while waiting for police to arrive, and we did not hit or hurt them. Who would have thought in this blessed month there were still people who performed immoral activities (like stealing)," the former village head said.