LAST_UPDATETue, 17 Jul 2018 2pm

Man Jumps Off Penang Bridge After Caught Selling RM360 Illegal Cigarettes, His Suicide Note On Facebook Goes Viral

Moments before he took his own life by jumping off the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge in Penang this morning, a tragic note was typed on Facebook by the man identified as Mohd Shukri Saad.

The 38-year-old man who owned a sundry shop in Tasek Gelugor, Butterworth, left his Modenas motorcycle with the registration plate PHM 6667, slippers and mobile phone before jumping off the bridge in the wee hours of the morning, but they were only discovered at 8.30am, today.

In his lengthy Facebook note, Mohd Shukri lamented his frustrations after the Customs Department seized RM360 worth of illegal cigarettes. He was arrested twice and brought to court, even ordered to pay thousands for bail money and fines, and may suffer a jail sentence.

“Today, I have made my decision not to attend the court hearing as I have no money, too many responsibilities for me to bear and I cannot bear to be imprisoned,” he wrote, saying he did not want to let his children be called “a convict’s child”.

“I choose to end my life as I have had dreams of drowning in the ocean… let me sacrifice my life for every Malaysian,” the note read, as he took to condemn the government over his punishment which he deemed is not befitting of his crime.

Fire and Rescue Department operational commander Isharuddin Ismail said the department received a call at 8.40am about a man who had believed to plunge in KM11.3 of the bridge towards Batu Maung.

A team of 12 officers and firefighters from Sungai Bakap Fire Station and the Marine Fire Units have been dispatched to the scene and a search and rescue operation is still ongoing.

Meanwhile, PAS Tasek Gelugor Youth Chief Rizal Hafiz Ruslan had paid a visit to the late citizen’s home in Kampung Lahar Yooi, Tasek Gelugor, to console his grieving family in what would be their most difficult time.

“We received warm greetings by the decease’ family and we spoke about the state of his family and his mother Makteh Bibah,” the Youth Chief said as he and representatives presented contributions to the family and prayed for their well-being.

“We urge all parties not to further speculate as it could hurt the decease’ family's feelings and cause anxiety among the public. Our prayers go out to the deceased and his family,” he wrote.

The deceased leaves behind two children and his wife, Nur Azianti.

His full suicide note can be read below as shared by Lie Gj Penang.