JOHOR BARU: A mobile phone shop owner is living in fear, claiming that loan sharks are harassing him and his workers after a former employee failed to pay up.
Wong Poh Heng, 39, said his shop and hostel were splashed with red paint since November last year.
“They even broke the windscreen of an employee’s car,” said Wong who appealed to the loan sharks to leave him alone.
The latest case occurred on Jan 19 when red paint was splashed outside his outlet in Taman Nusa Perintis.
Wong said the worker, known only as Bobo, quit his job in August last year and could not be contacted.
He had provided false information in his employment form.
“I only came to know that it was Bobo who borrowed money from the loan sharks as they left a telephone number after they splashed paint at my hostel on Nov 18.
“When I called, the person at the other end said my worker owed him RM10,000.
“I explained to him that I do not know of his whereabouts.
“But on Nov 23, the loan shark came and broke the windscreen of another employee’s car,” he said, adding that he contacted the loan shark again to tell him not to harass him, but he said the figure owed had increased to RM30,000.
Wong added that his staff of 15 people refused to go back to the hostel and this was also hurting his business. “I have four shops and have never borrowed from loan sharks.
“I hope they (loan sharks) will just leave my employees and me alone,” he said, adding that three police reports had been lodged with the Nusajaya district police headquarters.
Wong was speaking at a press conference organised by MCA Public Services and Complaints Bureau chief Jason Teoh here yesterday.
Teoh said that he would write to the police chief to help resolve the problem.
“The loan sharks are getting much more dangerous and bolder.
“Last year, they even tried to set a house on fire,” he said, adding that he handled about 100 loan shark cases last year.
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