Furniture maker disowns son over gambling debt, but the loan sharks won't quit

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 27 Sep 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: After winning RM80,000 in his first try at gambling, Ooi Kok Jian went on a path of no return that ultimately led to him being disowned.

Tired of being hounded by loan sharks, his father, Ooi Inn Chiang, 55, took out an advertisement in a newspaper on Dec 24, 2016 to disown his son.

However, despite of this desperate course of action, the family is still being harassed by Ah Longs (loan sharks).

“Because of his bad habit, my family is shattered now. We had no choice but to disown him,” Ooi said while sobbing.

The 24-year-old was a good and hardworking child until he became a habitual gambler a few years ago, related Ooi.

He added that his son was influenced by a primary school friend who committed suicide a few years ago due to heavy debts.

“Our family is not at peace. We fight a lot nowadays.

"My other sons dare not even come home, as Ah Longs have threatened to harm us,” the furniture manufacturer said.

Ooi’s wife, who was also at the press conference called by MCA Public Services and Complaints Department chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong, was sobbing all the while.

Chong appealed to the loan sharks not to disturb innocent parties, especially family members. He said they should only target those who borrowed money from them.

He added that the problem of gambling debts was getting more and more serious among the Chinese community.

Of the total of 291 cases he knew of, they made up around 80%, he said.

Ooi lodged a police report on being harassed by loan sharks on Sept 24 at the Kuala Mudah police station.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 0
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Nation

Social media abuzz with lunar occultation of Venus
Govt reviewing all monopolies to provide better service for the people, says Anwar
Appointment of those lost in Umno polls is part of move to strengthen party, says Zahid
State polls: Penang Pakatan to hold meeting on April 2
Five enforcement officers among nine arrested for providing MyKad to undocumented migrants
Make best use of Ramadan by uniting the ummah, says Zahid
Businessman wins BSN's millionaire draw
Over 1,000 business premises nationwide inspected in the first two days of Ramadan
Duo claim trial to disposing of stolen vehicle in KK
Youth and Sports Ministry to relaunch Rakan Muda programme after Hari Raya

Others Also Read