KUALA LUMPUR - Being locked up in your own home is bad, and four times makes it worse.
Fearful that loan sharks will come for her life after they glued her padlocks, Soh Kap, 64, has decided to disown her gambling addict son.
The retiree said she had had enough after she had to get the police to cut the locks of her house four times. She lodged a police report and sought help from the MCA Public Service and Complaints Department.
Chairman Datuk Seri Michael Chong urged the police to take immediate action on this matter as innocent victims were being targeted.
"The loan sharks have to be clear it's the borrower they need to go after and not their family," said Chong.
On Soh's case, Chong highlighted that she was an elderly woman living with her elder sister alone in a rented apartment.
"This poor lady has to suffer at this age, having repaid debts for her son before," said Chong at a press conference yesterday.
Soh said her son, Chiew Ngan Hon, 40, had been gambling for more than 15 years and she had "had enough" of the trouble he brought to the family.
"I can't take it any more. He doesn't give me money but only comes home to take money. I told him before not to gamble but he would argue," a sad Soh Kap said.
Five loan sharks have been harassing Soh and her three other children to repay her son's debts.
She added that the family took out more than RM10,000 (S$3,700) to pay off Chiew's earlier debts this year.
"I have no choice but to disown him," she said.
Soh said Chiew picked up the gambling habit in the neighbourhood he grew up in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur.
Chong said loan sharks these days were getting unreasonable by glueing the padlocks of victims.
He also said his department had received 169 cases of victims harassed by loan sharks with amounts totalling more than RM19 million (S$7 million).
"Don't push the loans to the family of the borrowers as these innocent people are usually aged parents, wives and children who are vulnerable," he said.