KUALA LUMPUR - Menglembu police station chief Asst Supt Chen Ah Kooy, who was filmed threatening loan sharks, has received support from Datuk Seri Michael Chong.
The MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head, who has decades of experience dealing with loan shark-related issues, said ASP Chen was merely speaking from his heart on the matter.
He added that he had attended to 214 such cases involving more than RM23.7mil (S$8.7mil) so far this year.
In a video that had gone viral on social media sites over the past few days, ASP Chen was seen lashing out at Ah Long and warning them to stay out of his area of jurisdiction.
The officer was also heard using vulgarities while challenging the illegal moneylenders to face him one-on-one.
Chong said he understood ASP Chen's feelings.
"The Ah Long think they are above the law. They splash paint and throw Molotov cocktails at their borrowers' houses and bully innocent family members.
"We are standing by this police officer," Chong told a press conference yesterday.
He, however, agreed that ASP Chen could have acted more professionally in tackling the problem.
In responses to the news on The Star Online's page, the majority of Facebook users praised ASP Chen as a brave officer while calling on the police force to support him.
Also at Chong's press conference were two loan shark victims.
Sales manager Chan Fang Siew, 42, moved to her parents' house when she could no longer take constant harassment by loan sharks.
She said the Ah Long had demanded that she settle the debts, believed to be in the hundreds of thousands of ringgit, of her ex-husband, a 45-year-old agent for foreign workers. The man could not be contacted.
She claimed that the loan sharks had threatened to harm her children, aged eight and 10, if she failed to pay up.
Another victim, Li Tze Min, a 33-year-old direct sales agent, said he lost nearly RM6,000 to two loan sharks while trying to secure a RM15,000 loan from each of them.
"They gave me RM200 and asked me to pay back RM1,000 to prove that I was capable of returning the money I borrowed," he said.
He decided to cancel the loans, but was instead asked to pay a cancellation fee of RM2,000 and RM3,000 respectively.