JOHOR BARU: A couple who wanted to help a friend landed in trouble when loan sharks started harassing them.
Businessman Boon Khing Shen, 31, said he agreed to become the guarantor for a RM90,000 loan taken by the friend known as Ah Sing, 31, in February.
Boon said that in the agreement, Ah Sing needed to repay the loan every two weeks but after getting the money, he went missing.
“Since then, the Ah Long have been harassing me and now the interest alone has increased to RM62,000.
“Out of desperation, I borrowed RM24,000 from a loan shark to settle my friend’s debt.
“So far I have paid up a total of RM95,000 to the loan sharks but they keep on harassing me saying the money was only to cover the interest payments,” he told reporters at a press briefing organised by Johor MCA Public Services and Complaints Bureau chief Kua Song Tuck here yesterday.
Boon added that the amount that he had to pay had increased daily and now he had to pay RM2,000 a day as interest and late payment charges.
“I have no money and tried to run away but they are harassing my wife’s business in Bandar Seri Alam,” he said, adding that they also locked the shop’s grille but the loan sharks kept creating problems outside the shop.
“They even created a Facebook page to humiliate us as well as to sabotage my wife’s cosmetic and beauty business by uploading our pictures, my wife’s name card and her shop’s picture to warn people from going to the shop,” he added.
Boon said they were now living in fear and hoped that the loan sharks would leave them alone and go after the friend who borrowed the money.
He added that so far he had lodged three police reports.
Meanwhile, Kua urged the friend to come forward and settle his debt and the mess he has created.
He also hoped that the police would act on the case and help the family end their misery.
Seri Alam OCPD Supt Jokhiri Abdul Aziz confirmed the case.