KUALA LUMPUR: National bowling ace Shalin Zulkifli has been declared a bankrupt by the High Court here for a RM1.75mil loan, which she stood as guarantor about five years ago.
The five-time Sportswoman of the Year had stood guarantee for Locus Aim Sdn Bhd a company which her family is believed to have interest in for the setting up of a bowling alley.
Affin Bank Bhd obtained the bankruptcy order against Shalin on April 14 after Locus Aim failed to service the loan, which was originally given to the company by BSN Commercial Bank in 1997.
(BSN Commercial Bank has since merged with Affin Bank.)
In an interview, Shalin said she was shocked to learn that she had been made a bankrupt over the matter.
I know there was a loan taken under my name when I was about 19-years-old. There were three of us, including my father. I do not know whether I am even a guarantor but I just signed the documents, said Shalin.
I did receive a letter from someone at the bowling alley in March but I did not open it. I gave it to my father and he read it and said he will meet the lawyers. Thats all I know about this matter, she added.
Shalin admitted that the matter would definitely affect her bowling and her preparations for the tournaments.
She explained that the loan was taken by the company to set up a bowling alley to be called Lakers Bowl at Warta Superstore in Sungai Besi.
However, it was learnt that the alley closed down more than two years ago.
This year, three-time Asian number one Shalin emerged as the Aviva Asian Bowling Tour Grand Slam Finals champion in January. She also played a vital role in the Malaysian womens team victory at the World Tenpin Team Cup in Odense, Denmark in February.
She is making a return to training after suffering second and third degree burns on her entire right leg in a freak cooking mishap early this month.
When contacted Affin Bank Bhds lawyer, Isa Aziz Ibrahim, confirmed that a bankruptcy order had been obtained against Shalin.
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