THERE are loan shark or Ah Long posters everywhere.How they managed to put the posters up in the first place is no longer a question.
Perhaps people have become tolerant of the unsightly display, just like the rubbish strewn along the roadside.
But what irks a housewife in Ipoh is that the Ah Long are getting more creative with their posters, and that her 11-year-old-son finds them funny.
She cited an eye-catching one thatsays “Anda mahu cash” (You want money).
The poster shows a cute kitten next to the word “mahu” which can be pronounced as “mau”, and this rhymes with cat in Cantonese.
There is also a dollar sign beside the word cash.
She said her son would read the poster whenever they drove past the place and laugh.
The housewife certainly does not find it funny.
In fact, such posters are not only an eyesore but also give the housing area a bad image.
The developer of a residential project in Tiger Lane in Ipoh, an upmarket residential area, told me there are no posters put up by Ah Long in this area and was proud to point this out.
Besides being an eyesore, I feel that it is also not healthy — psychologically — for young children to be exposed to such posters.
Like advertisements, they may influence their thinking and we can never tell the impact this would have on them.
I know that we must not underestimate the consequences.
Well, perhaps psychiatrists can enlighten the people on this.
The topic on Ah Long is the talk of town recently, and for a very different reason.
It is not one of those stories about loan sharks harrassing the borrowers.
It is about a video showing a cop warning loan sharks which has gone viral.
Menglembu police station chief Asst Supt Chen Ah Kooy was seen lashing out atloan sharks, warning them to stay out of his area of jurisdiction
The 41-seconds video shows ASP Chen saying, “If 10 Ah Long come to my area, I would kill 10 of them. If you are not brave or happy, get 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.”
The loan sharks are a longstanding problem which makes the authorities appear quite helpless.
How is it that the Ah Long posters are displayed in public, without approval from the local council?
In fact, the phone numbers on the posters are leads for the police to go after the Ah Long and as such, are they not afraid of displaying their contact numbers?
Congratulations ASP Chen for doing your job.