Why were the aged treated like sardines in a can?
By John Isaac
Totally senseless deaths - this best describes the fate of two senior citizens who died of suffocation while rushing among a crowd to get some free coupons.
The incident unfolded today at the ICC building next to Plaza Pudu along Jalan Kijang in Kuala Lumpur.
Apparently, the organisers wanted to give out 200 free food coupons in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations.
However, a crowd of about 1,000 senior citizens showed up and began rushing for the coupons.
Apart from the two deaths, many others were also rushed to hospital after they fainted.
This was truly something which should not have happened at all.
Numerous questions remain unanswered:
- why was there no proper security to handle the crowd?
- why did the organisers invite so many people if they had so few coupons?
- where did all these aged people come from?
The relevant authorities seriously need to look into all these aspects considering innocent people were cramped together like sardines - all for the sake of some free coupons.
Why were these aged people treated this way in the first place - made to rush for some freebies.
Such events should be organised more systematically and those concerned should ensure everyone invited is given his or her due share.
The elderly in our country should not be treated with such disrespect, having to scamper for some miserable food coupons.
At their age, they should be treated with dignity and respect and in this festive season, they should not be made having to go against each in this manner.