ALONG - Debts break up families……. “Kami bukan ‘Along’ tapi hanya mau tolong”
More people have disowned their loved ones to escape being harassed by ah long (loan sharks) over unsettled debts. What do we have to do to stop this?
According to reliable source, since January to Oct 3 2007 , there were 412 cases of people owing loan sharks RM32.25mil had been reported .
59 years old lorry driver from Batu Caves disowned his 34-year-old unemployed son after helping him settle over RM60,000 in the hope that his son would turn over a new leaf. He did not.
A 77 years old retiree from Taman Bukit Angsana, Kuala Lumpur, also decided to disown his estranged 32-year-old son. He had helped his son settle RM1,500 with ah long in 2001 but last month, loan sharks poured red paint on his house and demanded RM3,000 from him. A report was lodged at the Cheras police station on Sept 21 2007.
A stationery supplier, 46 from Cheras, wanted to disown and divorce her estranged husband, who is a habitual gambler. A report was lodged at Cheras police station on Oct 4, said she had already used her savings to settle RM11,000 of her husband’s debts but she knew that he owed loan sharks more than RM300,000.