Caught on camera: Loan sharks set fire to house gate

KUALA LUMPUR - A woman borrowed more than RM150,000 (S$49,000) from 38 different loan sharks, giving them the address of her family instead of her own.

She then disappeared with the money.

The loan sharks are now going after the family, splattering their house in Klang with paint and glue.

They have even set the house gate on fire, causing property damage of up to RM10,000.

MCA Public Service and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong said the woman’s estranged sister and mother have approached him for help.

“Ng Hui Yoong, 25, borrowed money from the loan sharks and provided her family's address instead of her own.

“She ran away from home two years ago, and is hardly in contact with the family," he told reporters at a press conference yesterday.

According to Chong, Hui Yoong brought her father, 63, to meet two loan sharks in December last year to discuss the matter.

She also provided the family with a list of loan sharks and the amounts owed.

Since then, they have not heard from her, but the loan sharks are circling the family.

“In mid-December, four men came to the mother's house and locked the gate, demanding that the older woman settle the debts.

A few days later, they threw bricks at the house and splattered it with yellow, black and red paint on three occasions, as well as glue used to put up posters with Hui Yoong's face and details.

“On Jan 8, three men poured petrol on the gate and set it on fire,” Chong said.

He added that a total of five police reports had been lodged at the Klang Selatan police station.

“The police have the details of the loan sharks,” said Chong, adding that the family was going public so the loan sharks knew they had nothing to do with the matter.

“It’s the sister who borrowed the money and endangered her family.”

“Last year, I dealt with 621 cases of Ah Long intimidation involving more than RM76mil.

“This year, I have seen 16 cases involving RM942,000 in just two weeks.”