JOHOR BARU: A 46-year-old tailor is living in fear for his family’s safety after being harassed by an illegal moneylender over his elder brother’s debt.
A man, who identified himself as Teo, said his house in Taman Johor Jaya was first splashed with red paint on March 6 and had a molotov cocktail thrown into his porch on March 26.
He said his brother, a Singapore citizen, enquired about an illegal loan via social media in early March.
“However, after my brother gave the Ah Long his details along with my house address and my uncle’s house address, he decided not to go ahead with the loan.
“By then, the Ah Long had already debited S$170 (RM522.90) into my brother’s bank account and told him to pay up, ” he said at a press conference held by the Pasir Gudang MCA public complaints bureau on Monday (March 29).
He said the Ah Long splashed red paint at his house after they could not contact his brother.
“At first my brother denied having contacted any illegal moneylender but he later admitted to it after I showed him screenshots of his conversation with the Ah Long.
“After we lost contact, the Ah Long told me to pay S$4,000 (RM12,305.64) for my brother’s debt and to stop the harassment, ” he said.
Teo said he transferred the money in two transactions to the Ah Long in hopes of putting an end to the whole incident.
“I was shocked when another Ah Long threw a molotov cocktail into my front porch on March 26.
“He asked for S$2,000 (RM6,152.37) from me and threatened to abduct my two children if I refused to do so.
“Luckily, the molotov cocktail was caught in between my laundry that was drying in my porch, otherwise it would have been worse.
“I am very worried over my family’s safety as my children are still young, ” he said.
Pasir Gudang MCA public complaints bureau chief Lim Thow Siang urged the Ah Long groups to stop harassing Teo as he had already paid the initial amount they asked for.
“We hope police will take actions against them as their activities and threats are challenging the authority of the police, ” he said.
Seri Alam OCPD Supt Mohd Sohaimi Ishak said three police reports were received regarding the incidents.
The cases are being investigated under Section 435 of the Penal Code for mischief by fire, Section 427 of the Penal Code for committing mischief and Section 385 of the Penal Code for extortion, he said.