Parents disown debt-ridden daughter

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 30 Sep 2007

MYT 7:14:46 PM

JOHOR BARU: The parent’s of a 19-year-old girl have decided to disown her after being repeatedly harassed by loan sharks seeking repayments of the debts. 

Factory technician Ooi Seong Chin, 48, and his wife had bail Meei Shuang out of trouble many times over the years. 

In June, he even borrowed money from his employer in Singapore to repay S$6,500 (RM14,910) worth of loans and interest that his daughter had incurred. 

The last straw came when she disappeared a month ago, leaving him to fend off the loan sharks by himself as the Ah Longs visited his family and sent a barrage of threatening SMSs demanding repayment. 

According to him, two separate loan sharks have come to the house demanding S$3,500 each. Trash cans were also thrown into their house compound in Taman Selesa Jaya, Gelang Patah.  

“My wife and four other children are sometimes alone at home and I fear for their safety. 

“I want to disown Meei Shuang, our second child, as she has caused us endless trouble all our lives,” he said at a press conference organised by Johor MCA public complaints bureau deputy chief Diong Ah Lek.  

Ooi’s wife Yeoh Sew Chin, 44, said that Meei Shuang had been a difficult child, stealing money from her parents from the time she was 10 years old. 

Yeoh said that Meei Shuang had even tried to strangle her once when she refused to return her passport, birth certificate and IC. 

“I was worried that she would get herself into more debt, but I had no choice in the end and gave her the documents,” she said helplessly.  

She added that she was sometimes afraid to stay at home alone as she feared the loan sharks would get violent.  

Diong urged the loan sharks not to penalise Ooi and his family for debts incurred by their daughter. 

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