Another woman kills herself because of loan sharks

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  • Monday, 10 Nov 2003

Other News & ViewsCompiled by CECIL FUNG, BEH YUEN HUI and S. ARULLDAS

ANOTHER woman in Johor took her life after failing to settle debts from 15 loan sharks amounting to RM62,600, three Chinese dailies reported. 

Chen Li Ping, a 26-year-old businesswoman from Segamat, was found groaning in her bedroom at 4.30am on Friday. 

“I owed the loan sharks money,” Chen was quoted by news reports in the Nanyang Siang Pau, Sin Chew Daily and China Press and that she cried in her 59-year-old father’s arms before she went into a coma. 

She was rushed to the hospital and died of suspected paraquat poisoning about 15 hours later. 

Her death came soon after the tragic death of hawker Chek Yok Ying, 37, who hanged herself when she could not bear the constant harassment by loan sharks. 

The dailies also reported that Chen left behind nine suicide notes – one for her parents and eight for the loan sharks. They highlighted the contents of the nine paraquat-stained letters.  

Chen said, in her letters to the loan sharks, that her business partner had run away with over RM40,000, which saddled her with serious financial problems and led her to borrow money from them. 

She actually thanked some of the loan sharks for their help and felt sorry that she could not return the money. To others, she asked them to return her jewellery, cellular phone and passport. 

In another letter to a loan shark, Chen said it was because they had threatened to disturb her family for failing to settle the debts that forced her to end her life. 

Chen hoped that her death would protect her family from being disturbed by the loan sharks, some of whom had in fact recovered their principal sum.  

To her parents, according to the dailies, Chen apologised for what she had done.  

China Press also reported that a 60-year-old woman bit the finger of an Indonesian who molested her in a palm oil plantation in Jasin, Malacca, recently. 

The daily said the woman was walking alone in the plantation when the man suddenly hugged her from behind.  

In the scuffle, she was pushed down onto the ground and while fighting him off she bit him on his finger.  

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