Go after hubbies, wives urge loan sharks


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 25 Jan 2003

BY SUSAN TAM

KUALA LUMPUR: Two women, who have been paying the debts of their gambling husbands over the years, pleaded to the loan sharks harassing them to leave them alone and go after their hubbies. 

They said they are “tired and fed up” of paying the debts of their husbands, who flee whenever the loan sharks come to collect payment and take more loans when they pay up. 

Liaw Kim Huay, 42, and Choy Ah Moy, 50, said their husbands’ debts were RM30,000 and RM70,000 respectively. Both related their stories at two press conferences organised by MCA Public Services and Complaints Department chief Michael Chong on Thursday.  

Liaw, a mother of four children, said her 45-year-old husband, had been borrowing money from 19 loan sharks to pay off his gambling debts since 1988. 

DOUBLE MISERY:Choy (right)and Liaw showing their written complaints to Chong and SAC II Abu Bakar on Thursday.

She said her taxi driver husband had not paid a single sen and would go into hiding when any of the “Ah Longs” went to their house to collect payment. 

Liaw, who earns about RM600 a month, said her 17-year-old daughter had to give up school to work to pay off her father’s debts, adding that so far RM12,000 had been paid off. 

“The loan sharks came to my place and damaged the front door. I have sleepless night as I fear for my family’s safety,” she said. 

Choy said her nightmare with loan sharks began when her used-car salesman husband began borrowing money from 18 loan sharks in recent years. 

She said she had paid off 15 loan sharks but the remaining “Ah Longs” were still disturbing her family.  

“They sprayed messages on the walls of my house with red paint to embarrass us,” she said. 

She said her 33-year-old daughter’s car was also “pawned” to one loan shark by her 57-year-old husband. 

“I just want the car back and also want peace for my family. I have also cut off all my ties with my useless husband,” she said. 

Chong said Liaw and Choy met Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm II Abu Bakar Mustaffa to explain their problems.  

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