Debt-ridden man flees, leaving wife to face the music

Debt-ridden man flees, leaving wife to face the music
Left in the lurch: (From left) Chong, Chia and Mooi Ngin during a press conference in Wisma MCA.

KUALA LUMPUR - A 37-year-old housewife was left to bear the brunt of the Ah Long when her husband disappeared after allegedly borrowing RM135,000 (S$53,000) from 45 different loan sharks.

The distressed Chia Pui Sing said her husband Ang Kok Ang, a wholesaler, had kept his loans a secret from her and their three children.

She said her family started receiving threats from loan sharks and that was when they found out that Ang was laden with a huge debt.

"A loan shark locked our house on Oct 11 when he failed to locate my husband," she said at a press conference held at Wisma MCA here yesterday.

"The loan sharks have even distributed flyers defaming my family and defaced our house with red paint.

"We are afraid that the attacks will escalate and my children will get hurt."

The family's tale took an interesting turn when Ang sought the help of MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong on Oct 14 but he was ambushed by Chia and her sister at Chong's office.

Ang told Chong that he does not have any money to settle the loans.

"In the end, Chia paid the loan sharks more than RM10,000 to put an end to the attacks on her family," Chong said.

"What Ang did was utterly irresponsible.

"He is endangering his family's lives by delaying paying off his debt." Over the past year, the department had received 456 reports involving loan sharks with a total loss amounting to RM35.7 million.

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