Following the launch of the i-Sinar facility by the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) at the end of last year, many Malaysians have tapped into the withdrawal facility to help them cope with current financial difficulties. Most would have likely spent their withdrawn cash on bills and other necessities, but there is one man who decided to use a portion of it to install 11 speed bumps on the street next to his house.
Nor Muhamad Roslam Harun said that he used RM1,080 out of his RM5,000 EPF i-Sinar withdrawal to install the speed bumps because his rest was often disturbed by the noise from vehicles using the street.
“My bedroom is on the side of the house that is closest to the road, so all the noise from the cars and the motorcycles always disturbed my sleep. I was very stressed by this issue and, not to mention, I also have mental health problems that I haven’t received treatment for yet,” said the man from Jertih, Terengganu, adding that there were two existing bumps prior to his additions.
Since then, Nor Muhamad Harun has apologised for his actions and removed all the speed bumps. “Police officers came to see me yesterday morning and asked me to remove all the speed bumps that I installed. So, I hired a bulldozer operator to remove all the speed bumps on the street including the two original ones,” he said.
Nor Muhamad Roslam also explained that he had originally planned to make speed humps instead of bumps, but the asphalt hardened too quickly before they could be flattened. Speed humps are typically wider in size, and are less severe compared to speed bumps. Whichever it is, all the speed bumps made the road – which is only 40 metres long – inaccessible to all cars except for a four-wheel drive.
Nor Muhamad Roslam’s act went viral on social media several days ago after a netizen uploaded a picture of the illegal “new speed bumps” on the street leading to his house. He also claimed that they were installed by his neighbour.
For context, the EPF i-Sinar is a withdrawal facility that was introduced by the Malaysian government to help those who are struggling with financial complications brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. Under this programme, eligible EPF members can withdraw up to RM10,000 or up to 10% of their Akaun 1 savings, depending on their balance in Akaun 1. Find out more about the pros and cons of tapping into the EPF i-Sinar facility here, or read about our coverage on the facility.