Loan leads to suicide attempt

Loan leads to suicide attempt

MALAYSIA - Just two months after her marriage, Mastura decided to end her life.

It was not because her husband had two-timed her, but because of a RM1,000 (S$400) loan she took that ballooned to an astronomical RM30,000 in just two months, Metro Ahad reported.

Furthermore, she was given only RM300 of the money she had asked to borrow.

Not able to face the harassment, the 26-year-old newlywed cut her wrist with a razor blade in a bid to end her life on Monday.

Fortunately, family members in the house came to her rescue and rushed her to the Putrajaya Hospital.

"I would rather die than face the loan sharks," she told the paper.

The problem stemmed from the loan sharks who had her ATM card, and were purposely pumping money into her account to make it seem like she had borrowed a lot from them.

Four months earlier, she took a loan of RM5,000 and when she could not pay the amount, which had later increased to RM13,000, her mother came forward to pay RM3,800 to the moneylenders.

The family then lodged a police report at the Putrajaya police station and also lodged a complaint with the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association.

MCA public complaints bureau chairman Datuk Michael Chong said the trend among illegal money lenders was to impose higher interest rates on bumiputra borrowers.

"The point here is that the ah long make their own rules," he said.

HELPLINES
Samaritans of Singapore (SOS):1800-2214444
Singapore Association for Mental Health:1800-2837019
Sage Counselling Centre:1800-5555555
Care Corner Mandarin Counselling:1800-3535800

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