Actor Fizo faces bankruptcy over $3.3 million loan

KUALA LUMPUR - A local celebrity is facing the prospect of being declared a bankrupt by a bank after a company named him as guarantor for a RM8mil (S$3.3 million) loan application without his permission.

Popular actor Wan Hafizol Wan Omar, better known as Fizo Omar, 26, said the bank only released RM2mil (S$820,000) to the applicant a publishing company, of which he was named the director of operations for "several months".

"I found out last year when a bank staff contacted me. Initially, I tried to settle the matter on my own without blaming any party.

"But the company has since ceased operations and I'm worried the loan may jeopardise my career," he said at a press conference yesterday.

Fizo said in early 2008, he had accepted a senior position at the newly-established company through an invitation from a friend.

"I left a few months later to focus on my acting career.

"Little did I know that the company had used my name as guarantor to obtain a loan," he said, adding that despite leaving the company, he was still retained on the company's board of directors.

Fizo asserted that he was never informed nor had given consent to the loan application.

"I had tried calling the company on many occasions to seek an explanation, but my calls went unanswered.

"I was shocked to learn that the company had closed for good," he said.

Meanwhile, SukaGuam chairman Datuk Khairul Anwar Rahmat said the legal aid group was investigating if there was an element of fraud in the case.

"This could be the work of a syndicate abusing the identities of unsuspecting victims to make ill-gotten gains.

"Over the past six months, SukaGuam has handled about 100 cases similar to Wan Hafizol's predicament," he said, adding that this was the first involving a celebrity.