Family lives in fear after man fails to pay debts

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  • Saturday, 23 Jul 2016

Seeing red: Loh holding up photos of the splattered red paint at her home.

JOHOR BARU: A 46-year-old property agent is living in fear of her safety and that of her three daughters after a group of intruders splattered red paint on her house in Taman Bukit Tiram here.

Loh Hooi Khim said that she was shocked to see the porch of her house splattered with the red paint when she woke up on Tuesday morning.

“All the laundry that I left hanging the night before was also splashed with red paint,” she told reporters at a press conference arranged by Tebrau MP Khoo Soo Seang yesterday.

The single mother believed the vandalism was caused by loan sharks trying to recover money owed to them by her ex-husband as there was a note left on her car parked outside asking her to repay the debt.

“When I called the number on the note, the debt collector told me that my ex-husband owed them RM8,000, including interest for the RM3,000 that he borrowed from them,” she said, adding that the man also threatened to “visit” her every week until she paid up.

“My work is disrupted as I am afraid to leave the house in case something bad happens or the debt collectors decide to come again,” she added.

This was not the first time that she was harassed by debt collectors as another group had also called her several months ago asking her to settle her ex-husband’s debt.

She said her 53-year-old ex-husband was an avid gambler and frequented the casinos in Genting Highlands quite often, even while they were still married.

Loh added that her daughters, aged 18 to 22 years old, have nothing to do with him anymore and pleaded to the debt collectors to stop harassing her and her children.

“I have no intention of paying his debts,” she added.

Khoo urged Loh’s ex-husband to come forward and settle his problems with the debt collectors, so as not to endanger the lives of his ex-wife and children.

He also asked the Ah Long to stop harassing the women but to instead go after the borrower.

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