CHILDREN were forced to beg for money on the streets to pay off their parents’ debts with loan sharks, reported Kosmo!
Their ordeal was revealed following the arrests of 11 people, aged between 24 and 76, from three houses in Taman Rasah Jaya in Seremban during a police operation on Monday.
Eleven children, aged between eight and 18, were rescued and they now have been placed at shelters.
Negri Sembilan police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Jaafar Mohd Yusof said the children were “leased” to the illegal moneylenders after their parents failed to settle their debts.
He said on Thursday that no one had yet to come forward to claim their children.
> A 54-year-old insurance company manager and his family are giving free Mandarin classes to 150 secondary and kindergarten students taking al-Quran studies at Pusat Pendidikan Al Barakah in Ipoh, Perak, reported Sinar Harian.
Lim Yean Meng met Datuk Mohd Kazim Elias, a religious teacher running the centre, about three years ago and they became good friends.
“Seeing that Ustaz Kazim was very concerned about the students’ command of languages, I volunteered to help him,” Lim said, adding that his wife Kee Aei Fau, 51, and three children also helped out the children there.
He said the syllabus and teaching materials were the same as those used in schools.
The Universiti Putra Malaysia graduate hoped that the students would be able to understand the three major languages in Malaysia - Malay, Chinese and Tamil.
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