A father in Johor Baru severed ties with his son who owed RM200,000 (S$74,000) in gambling debts which caused a loan shark to splash red paint at the elder's dim sum shop and house, China Press reported.
Lai Fu Bing, 53, and his wife Liu Bing Bing, 48, had lodged four police reports over several harassments by the loan shark.
Lai said the debts were owed by his second son who he believed was encouraged by a friend to participate in online gambling over a month ago.
On March 7 at about noon, Lai said the friend along with two individuals had gone to his shop for meals. He added that the trio waited until about 3pm when the shop was being cleaned up for the day to approach him.
"They demanded RM200,000 from me. I called my son who was helping in the kitchen and he admitted he owed RM20,000. But the three said the debt had gone up," he said.
He said his son stopped going to work the next day, and Lai later found out that he had left home with some clothes.