THE actions of Menglembu police station chief Asst Supt Chen Ah Kooy, who was filmed threatening loan sharks, has drawn mixed response from the people in the area.
Menglembu assemblyman Lim Pek Har said there were too many banners offering loans placed at every corner of the town, and that she supported ASP Chen’s actions.
Lim said each time the police there removed banners, the next morning the loan sharks would put up new ones.
She said the banners were placed on lamp posts, trees and even on traffic lights.
“I think he was really angry, and it is good that ASP Chen issued them with a warning, because they are becoming a nuisance.
“But maybe he should not have uttered profanities. However, I can also understand that he must have been frustrated with the daring attitude of the loan sharks,” she added.
Lim said youngsters have been attracted by the offers, as it was an easy way to get money for them to carry out gambling activities.
“I have seen families torn apart because the borrowers are unable to pay the loan sharks back.
“Couples have divorced and parents have disowned children who had borrowed money and put them in trouble when the loan sharks are unable to locate the borrower and go after their families,” she added.
Ipoh Barat MCA service team captain Lee Swee Liong said he agreed with ASP Chen’s action of issuing a warning to the loan sharks.
He said Chen had sent a loud and clear message, and most of them were happy with what he did.
“My friends and leaders in the community feel that the loan sharks should be warned, because every corner of Menglembu town you go to, such banners are visible, he added.
A resident in Menglembu, who declined to be named, said it was a good move by ASP Chen.
He said the loan sharks have become too bold, and refused to listen to advise by the police and political leaders.
“How else are we to send a message to them. It was a good opportunity when they caught a person putting up a banner, and they took a video and sent out the message to the loan sharks,” he added.
Another resident, who only wished to be known as L.K. Pang, however felt that the officer should not have acted like a “gangster”, and instead use his powers to nab them.
“I know that these loan sharks are no angels, and they are putting up such banners every where, luring those in desperate need of money to seek their services but I still feel that the police should have acted professionally,” she added.
On Monday, a video clip of a police officer lashing out at and threatening loan sharks had gone viral on social media.
ASP Chen, who was dressed in his uniform and with sunglasses, hit out at the loan sharks or “Ah Long” in the 41-seconds video and even threatened to take them on if they came into his area and continued pasting stickers.
He had said: “If 10 Ah Longs come into my area, I would kill 10 of them. If you are not brave or happy, call your lawyers to see me. Do not disturb my area. Do not paste these stickers.
“I do not want to use Ah Long money. I do not want DAP and MCA to complain about it. Come and see. We ‘chek chow’ (fight one on one). We fight. You have pistols, take it out. I know you bought it from Thailand.
He also spewed profanities at them.
An unknown man is also seen in the clip holding a banner, advertising the illegal money lending services.
A Chinese newspaper report claims that Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong confirmed that Chen is the Menglembu police station chief.