Woman, 89, beats son with umbrella, disowns him due to loan shark issues

KUALA LUMPUR: Pushed to the brink of desperation, an 89-year-old lady has announced that she is disowning her 64-year-old son after constant harassment by loan sharks over debts amounting to RM45,000.

Kong Sew Koi said that she believes her son, Chong Khee Voon, had borrowed a sum totalling RM45,000 from 15 different loan sharks since Oct 2020 to fund his gambling habit.

She said that aside from her, her grandchildren were also constantly harassed by loan sharks who recently splashed red paint at their house and in some occasions, even locked up the house to keep Kong and her family from exiting.

Kong added that there are also voice messages sent by a lady named "Evelyn Choong" threatening her grandchildren, saying that Evelyn is believed to be the loan shark whom Chong had borrowed from.

She said this at a press conference by MCA Public Services and Complaints department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong at Wisma MCA on Wednesday (April 28).

According to Chong, Kong and her son had approached him on Tuesday (April 27) in hopes of seeking his help.

"While explaining the situation to me, Kong suddenly stood up, took an umbrella and started beating her son more than 10 times," said Chong.

"I was so shocked. I managed to stop her. If I wasn't sick, I would've whacked him too," added Chong, who is currently recovering from Covid-19.

During the press conference, Kong also broke down in tears, saying that she is fearful for the well-being of her grandchildren due to the threats by these loan sharks.

"I had to beat him that day. I told him that he is an animal. I don't even have any more money for my funeral," said Kong.

Chong also said it was unbecoming that Kong's son had expected him to renegotiate the borrowing terms with the loan sharks.

"Her son asked me to speak to the 'ah longs' and tell them not to charge interest. I said no. Because I know if I had helped him, he would borrow again and the cycle repeats," he added.

Chong also said he will accompany Kong to lodge a police report over the threats issued by the loan sharks.

"I want the police to take action against these loan sharks who also threatened to kidnap her grandchildren," he added.

Meanwhile, Chong said he has received 47 similar loan shark cases, involving debts amounting to RM3.4mil.

He said that Kong's case only reflected the current grim situation in the country, where loan shark activities are becoming more rampant.

"This press conference is to let everyone know that loan sharks are becoming more rampant. Even ladies are now becoming 'ah long'," he said. In fact, this is the first time where I saw a lady beat up her own son in front of me. The umbrella nearly broke," he added.

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