JOHOR BARU - A welder and his family are living in fear after loan sharks splashed red paint at their home and threatened to harm them if a debt is not settled immediately.
Tay Chee Choon, 52, claimed that loan sharks were after him as they were unable to track down his eldest daughter who still had an outstanding debt of more than RM3,000 (S$1,160).
"It all started on June 18 when I received a call from a loan shark demanding that I settle my daughter's debt and if not he would send his men to harm my family but I refused to do so.
"Two days later, when I was at home around noon, I heard a loud bang coming from my front porch and and I saw red paint being splashed all over my home and my cars," he said.
Tay also claimed that several days before receiving the phone call, his eldest daughter, who moved out some eight years ago after she got married, dropped by to borrow some money, but he turned her away.
"We believe that she has borrowed thousands of ringgit from 12 moneylenders and has gone into hiding with her husband and youngest child, but we do not know where they went and I cannot afford to pay off her debts.
"Despite lodging police reports twice over the matter, I still fear for the safety of my wife and other three children who are staying with me," he said, urging the moneylenders to leave them alone as they had nothing to do with the loan.
He was speaking to reporters during a press conference organised by the Gelang Patah MCA division chief Jason Teoh at the victim's home in Taman Skudai Baru here on Saturday.
Teoh also said that such cases had been on the rise, as more and more victims were forwarding the plight to the division's complaints bureau.
"For the past three months alone, I have received at least 50 complaints of similar cases,'' he said.
Deputy Johor Baru (North) police chief Supt Beh Eng Lai confirmed the case and said that police were on the hunt for the suspects.
"We are investigating the case under Section 427 and Section 502 of the Penal Code for mischief and criminal intimidation respectively," he said, urging those with any information pertaining to the case to contact the nearest police station.