Family paying heavy price for salesman's moment of madness

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 17 Jul 2014

IPOH: A salesman “borrowed” RM50,000 from his aged mother and three siblings to bet on the World Cup scores.

The 35-year-old father of two school-going children has exhausted the life savings of his 73-year-old mother and his two sisters, aged 47 and 50.

His older brother borrowed RM15,000 from a friend to pass it to him.

None knew he wanted the money to gamble on the games.

They were under the impression that he wanted to start a business and had decided to help him out.

To make matters worse, the salesman even borrowed RM100,000 from loan sharks who were now harassing his wife.

Unable to pay back the money, he has gone into hiding.

His brother, who only wanted to be identified as Leong, said this was the first time the salesman asked the family for money.

He said after the Germany-Argentina final, the loan sharks started to call his brother’s wife, demanding for the money because they could not locate him.

Leong said his brother jeopardised the safety of his own wife and two children, aged eight and 15, with his irresponsible act.

“We tried calling him but he is not answering the phone,” the 45-year-old said.

The problems didn’t end there. “My brother also used company money to place bets,” said Leong.

“I am also in a dilemma because I now have to quickly pay back the RM15,000 that I borrowed,” he said. “I am only a hawker. How am I going to raise such a sum so soon?”

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