JOHOR BARU: A local MCA leader has urged parents to keep tabs on the whereabouts of their children especially with some of them getting involved in gambling during the upcoming World Cup season.
Gelang Patah MCA chief Jason Teoh said that it was important for parents to keep an eye on them as gambling would lead to problems within a family.
He added that youngsters could easily fall prey to illegal money-lenders who were out to make a profit during the World Cup season.
The World Cup kicks off in June in Brazil.
Teoh was speaking to reporters after urging about 40 Ah Longs to leave a father who was being harassed after his son borrowed from the illegal money lenders.
Lim Heng Soon appealed to the money lenders not to harass him and his family anymore as he no longer has money to pay for the loans taken by his youngest son.
The businessman said that so far he has spent more than RM300,000 to settle all his 20-year-old son’s loans since last year.
“I have lost all my savings and even borrowed from relatives about RM50,000,” he said.
Lim Heng Soon claimed that his son Nelson Lim, a Form 2 dropout, had borrowed from Ah Longs to pay for his drug addiction and to splurge on his girlfriend.
He has been staying with me until he left the house three weeks ago claiming that he wanted to be with his mother, his ex-wife in Kuala Lumpur.
“All these while I have been doing my best to be a good father to help my son by paying off his debts.
“I was always hoping that someday he will be able to come back to the right path but now he seems to be in worse trouble,” he added that his son always promised to change but always went back to his bad ways.
Lim added that his son’s attitude worsened when he started mixing with “bad hats” in secondary school and then eventually led to drugs and him dropping out from school.
“Over the last one year, he has been going to Ah Longs for money as I only give him a bit of pocket money.
“Fearing for his safety and my family’s, I have always bailed my son out,” he said, adding that since last year, he has banked in money into dozens of accounts ranging from several hundred ringgit to RM15,000.
Lim added that he has tried to talk to his son many times but his son always perceived him to be the “enemy”.
“I am not sure but maybe my divorce when he was five years old could have contributed to him being like this,” he said, adding that his two other children, a 27-year-old boy and daughter 22 were doing well.
Lim said that he had to come out and lodge a police report after he discovered Ah Longs had come to his home and padlocked his home in Taman Setia Indah on April 14.
“This is the last straw as I want all the Ah Longs to know that my son is responsible if he takes money from them. Please do not harass me and my family as I do not have any money left,” he said, adding that he was worried for his family’s safety including his second wife, 80-year-old mother and two children.
On whether he has disowned his son, he said that he still loved him but now was not the right time for him to come back to the house.
“He has been contacting me but I am too distraught and sad to talk to him now.
“The Ah Longs are harassing us daily and even my daughter is not spared by the calls and vulgar SMSes,” he added.
Meanwhile, a police official confirmed that a police report had been lodged and investigations were underway.