Man sets car on fire after being fired

The suspect at the car after setting it on fire. – Pic from The Star

LOSING a job can be a very stressful experience and it is normal to feel hurt and depressed after that.

But, a mentally disturbed Indonesian had gone to the extent of burning down a car after being fired by his employer in Sibu.

According to The Star, the incident took place along the Sarikei-Sibu road near the second Nyelong Bridge in Sarikei at 9.20am yesterday.

The man was being driven home in a multipurpose vehicle (MPV) by a fellow countryman.

Sarikei police Chief Supt Awang Arfian Awang Bujang said the driver of the Indonesian-registered MPV was sending the suspect home when he took out a match and set the vehicle on fire. No one was hurt in the incident.

“He has been detained to assist in investigations and will be referred to the hospital for a check-up,” Awang Arfian said.

Initial investigations showed that the suspect from Sambas was employed at an oil palm plantation and had been terminated due to his condition.

A total of 11 firemen were deployed to the scene upon receiving a distress call from the public.
The team took about 25 minutes to put out the fire. The car was totally destroyed.