FIRST the husband commits suicide over debts he could not repay. Now, his wife is threatening to do the same if the loan sharks keep harassing her, China Press reported.
Yong Sin Yeng, 39, said she was harassed with about 300 phone calls from the moneylenders after sub-contractor Leong Jia Hong’s death.
Leong, 40, from Selangor, is believed to have driven to Sungkai in Perak and committed suicide by inhaling exhaust fumes on Sunday.
Yong said her husband did not leave any money behind for the family. She, too, is now heavily in debt after taking bank loans to pay her husband’s RM320,000 debt.
MCA Public Services and Complaints Department chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong, who visited the family at the funeral parlour in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, said Leong first took a RM100,000 loan from the loan sharks early this year to pay his workers’ salaries, and again another RM220,000 loan in May.
> Sin Chew Daily reported that a chef died after he was stung by hornets while fishing in his hometown in Sungai Perdak, Pahang.
Chan Chee Keong, 33, who worked at a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, was stung at about 6pm on Monday.
The stings caused swellings on several parts of his body.
Chan’s sister said he collapsed in the shower after he reached home but regained consciousness a short while later.
Chan refused to go to the clinic and was found dead in the living room at about 11pm the same day.
> Nanyang Siang Pau reported that a principal of a childcare centre in Singapore slapped a boy, then shoved him against the wall before ordering him to stand in a corner of the room with a cardboard box over his head.
During the three-hour punishment, the boy was also not allowed to eat, drink or answer nature’s call.
The incident apparently took place in April, but a photograph of the boy standing with the cardboard box over his head was sent to the media by a reader earlier this week.
It was reported that the boy was punished for throwing a doll at a class teacher.
*Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this > sign, it denotes a separate news item.
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