Teen gets police help to keep family safe


  • Nation
  • Monday, 27 Jan 2003

BY LAM LI

KUALA LUMPUR: A 16-year-old girl has sought help of the police to keep her family safe after loan sharks threatened to burn her house if her gambler father's debts are not settled soon. 

Yap See Huan, who has been working as a part-time sales promoter since last year to help her mother and 17-year-old sister settle her father's debts of about RM30,000, met Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm II Abu Bakar Mustaffa on Saturday. 

She was accompanied by MCA Public Services and Complaints Department chief Michael Chong, who said the threat was a serious matter. 

“The family is living in fear. Not only are they struggling financially but also undergoing tremendous emotional stress with the various threats issued by loan sharks. 

“The threat to burn the house is the most serious so far and it cannot be taken lightly as I have personally handled cases where loan sharks had tried to set fire using molotov cocktails,” he told reporters yesterday. 

SAC II Abu Bakar received the police report lodged by the Yap family personally on Saturday and assured the family that officers in Sungai Buloh would be alerted to keep watch over the house. 

Her father, who owed 10 loan sharks about RM30,000 went into hiding late last year. The family has so far repaid RM12,000. 

In another unrelated case, a 32-year-old woman is on the verge of being declared a bankrupt as a finance institution is seeking instalment payment from her for a car registered under her name but which had been taken away by the loan sharks. 

Chong said the woman’s father had “pawned” the car to loan sharks as a guarantee for his borrowings before he went missing.  


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