KUALA LUMPUR - Three days ago, factory worker Miskun Camar was the owner of a spanking new Honda Wave, which he bought from his hard-earned savings.
However, the motorcycle he paid RM3,000(S$1,200) for became a charred wreck following a torching spree by vandals at the Sri Sentosa flats here yesterday.
Five bikes were destroyed while 10 other machines were badly damaged in the 5am incident, when most of the residents were in their homes.
"At about 5.30am, I heard a lot of shouting and immediately rushed out of my unit to see what was happening," said Miskun, 46, who works in Ampang.
"I was shocked. I never thought I would be a victim of this malicious act. I'm so sad. This motorcycle was for me to use to get to work," he said, adding that he did not earn much and it took him a while to save up to buy the machine.
Miskun said the new motorcycle was to replace an older machine that was faulty. He said it was difficult to accept the loss but hoped there could be a "silver lining" in the incident.
City Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (operations) Azizan Ismail said they were alerted at around 5.20am and, by the time they arrived at the scene, five motorcycles had been completely destroyed.
"We took 20 minutes to completely put out the flames," he said.