LIFE has been an unending nightmare for a food truck operator who faces daily harassment from six loan sharks.
Che Roslan Ya’acob, 55, said he borrowed a total of RM6,000 in October from the loan sharks to operate his business in Meru Raya, Ipoh.
Che Roslan said he settled RM3,000 of the amount and promised them the remainder when he had the money.
“I pay them between RM20 and RM30 a day. But there are days when business is really slow and I do not make enough.
“But they come to the site daily to harass me to pay up and even threaten me,” he told a press conference organised by Perak Barisan Nasional Public Service Centre chief Mohd Rawi Abdullah on Monday.
He lodged a police report at the Kampung Simee police station on Dec 7.
Che Roslan claimed he had earlier sought help from various government agencies to secure a loan to sustain his business, which he started in January, but without success.
He said the loan sharks then approached him directly and he accepted the loan out of desperation.
“They call and text every day and even come to my house.
“They throw their name cards on the porch and once, even stuck a big note on my gate asking me to return their calls.
“They also threatened to put up photos of my wife and I, telling people that we owe them money.
“In their latest threat, they told me they would take my wife and keep her in their office until I settled the loan,” he said, adding that he feared for his family’s safety.
He also claimed that many food sellers in the area had also borrowed from the loan sharks after failing to secure loans through proper channels.
So far, Mohd Rawi said, three traders from the area had approached him for help.
He said he had also observed loan sharks approaching traders at the site.
“I have received many more reports about loan sharks threatening their borrowers. The police must take stern action,” he said, adding that the traders at Meru Raya had no choice but to take money from the loan sharks.