KUALA LUMPUR: Ah Long have long been associated with splashing red paint and diesel on homes of borrowers.
However, a woman whose son had borrowed money from an Ah Long claimed that a king cobra was released into her home.
The 54-year-old woman sought the help of MCA Public Service and Complaints Bureau head Datuk Seri Michael Chong after she found a yellow king cobra lurking under her sofa after her son who had borrowed from Ah Long fled, leaving the family to deal with the loan sharks.
“I was trying to retrieve something from under the sofa when I saw the tip of the snake’s tail. I was so shocked and immediately sought help from the construction workers opposite my house,” recalled Wong See Mooi in tears.
Two workers helped her kill the snake and later told her it was a king cobra.
Wong suspected that the snake was released by the loan sharks, as the family had never come across a rat, let alone a snake, for the past 11 years they have stayed in the house.
She claimed that her youngest son, 29-year-old Ng Chee Ming, left home on Dec 5 and never came back.
A week later, the family started receiving calls from loan sharks urging them to settle his debt.
This was the fourth time Ng had borrowed from Ah Long, said Wong, adding that the family had settled more than RM90,000 of debts for him over the years.
Wong had since disowned Ng and lodged a police report on Dec 25.
Chong meanwhile said this was the first time that he had come across such a case.
“If the snake bites someone, the Ah Long could be charged for murder,” he said.