Saleswoman has had enough over brother's debts

Saleswoman has had enough over brother's debts

JOHOR BARU - A sister has severed ties with her elder brother, saying she was fed-up of settling his debts with Ah Long.

Mobile phone saleswoman Kong Lai Yoong, 40, said she was tired of his empty promises to turn over a new leaf.

She said three years ago, her 41-year-old brother owed RM15,000 (S$5,800) to loan sharks and she settled the debts for him.

"But behind my back, he borrowed another RM3,000 from several illegal moneylenders as he had a gambling addiction," she told a press conference organised by Tebrau MP Khoo Soo Seang on Wednesday.

Kong said her husband chased her brother out of their home after he again borrowed money from Ah Long.

She said the amount snowballed to RM14,000 within two years and the illegal moneylenders had demanded that she settle the amount because the money was loaned under her name.

Kong said she lost contact with her brother, who is still single and an odd-job worker, over the past two years.

"On April 21, I received an SMS from an unknown person, demanding that I settle the amount but I ignored the message," said Kong, adding that she lodged a police report on the same day.

Three days later, several men in two cars came to her house at around midnight and splashed red paint on her husband's BMW parked in the porch. Kong said she lodged another police report after the incident.

Her family was now living in fear as she believed the illegal moneylenders would continue to harass her, she said.

Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh confirmed the case.

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