KUALA LUMPUR- Three children were locked in their house by loan sharks who wanted to teach their grandfather a lesson for not settling his debts.
The children, aged between two and 10, were at their house in Segambut Muda here when Ah Long came at about 4pm on Dec 9 and locked the front gate.
"Thankfully, their parents and uncle were at home with them," said their grandmother Chan Ah Lin, 54, who works as a babysitter.
Chan said her family had given her husband almost RM100,000 in the past 10 years to settle his debts.
"However, his gambling habits only worsened with time," she said of her 61-year-old labourer husband, who has been missing for a month.
Chan said her 35-year-old son had to climb over the gate to seek help after they had been locked in.
He went to a nearby shop to buy a saw, Chan said.
"He and several neighbours tried to hammer the lock but it would not open. My son then sawed open the gate," she said.
Chan claimed her children often had to deal with threatening calls from Ah Long.
"My husband left home with nothing but a note listing out the names of people he owed money to," she told a press conference organised by MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong in Wisma MCA yesterday.