BARELY a week after the alleged murder of a debt defaulter by loan sharks in Johor, a grandmother in Segamat tried to commit suicide by drinking weedkiller after she defaulted on her loan payments.
According to the Chinese dailies, the woman, identified only as Ah Jiao, drank weedkiller after loan sharks pasted photocopies of her identity card all over town to force her to pay up.
The 66-year-old Ah Jiao has been admitted to hospital for treatment.
In another report, China Press front-paged another case where a middle-aged trader succumbed to injuries after he was beaten up by loan sharks in Kuala Lumpur.
The daily reported that the deceased Chai Guan Fu died after allegedly being beaten up by loan sharks.
Nanyang Siang Pau also quoted Entrepreneur Development and Co-operative Minister Datuk Khaled Nordin as saying that the ministry would not allow an increase in taxi and bus fares although petrol prices had increased.
Sin Chew Daily meanwhile reported that express bus operators were asking for a 14% price rise while taxi drivers wanted the boarding fare be increased to RM3 from RM2.
The daily also reported that the Malacca Municipal Council would take down alcohol-related advertising billboards in two weeks.
China Press also reported that tourists arrivals to Malaysia in the first seven months of the year had increased by 70% compared with the same period last year.
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