Ah Longs harass man and family

Above: (From left) Yee's father Yee Mun Choong and mother Lee Ah Peng along with Chong holding up Yee's letters of apology, photo and posters the loan sharks pasted at his uncle's flat.

By Liz Lee

KUALA LUMPUR - A press photographer has become a target of ruthless loan sharks after his nephew, allegedly deep in debt, went missing early this month.

Sin Chew Daily photographer Low Weng Fatt said he found some letters written by his 24-year-old nephew three days ago that he "hopes to honour his parents in the next life".

Low fears the young man, who has been missing since June 7, may be considering suicide. He said he had been receiving calls from several loan sharks since June 9 threatening him and his family and demanding to know the whereabouts of his nephew Yee Wai Hoo.

"They even came to my house and glued up my padlock while my family was home.

"They are threatening to splash paint next," he told a press conference called by MCA public services and complaints department head Datuk Michael Chong here yesterday.

"The loan sharks have also pasted over a hundred posters along the entrance to my flat unit and along the staircase to humiliate my family," he added, showing reporters the posters that bore his Taman Koperasi Maju Jaya home address.

Low said Yee had been staying with his family for the past two years after he came here from Ipoh to look for a job.

Yee was working as a salesman at a shopping centre in Cheras Selatan at the time he went missing.

Low said he had no inkling that his nephew had been borrowing from loan sharks.

"I don't even know how much debt he has or how many Ah Long he has borrowed from," he said.

Chong lashed out at the loan sharks for harassing the family, warning that if they did not leave Low and his family alone, he would give the loan sharks' contact number to the police.

Anyone with information can contact Aishah at 03-2161 8044.