JOHOR BARU: A hawker who thought his worries were over after paying off his debt to three loan sharks is now being harassed by someone who is posting his MyKad and family photos on social media.
Ng Chen Yuan, 37, said he borrowed a total of RM14,000 from three Ah Long in March and April to help his business in Iskandar Puteri, which suffered a dip due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He was then approached by a friend who recommended that he sought help from a middleman to help him get a discount and pay off the loan with RM10,000.
“I trusted the middleman and paid him an initial amount of RM5,000 along with my personal details and MyKad in hopes that he could help me with my debt.
“However, I started feeling anxious as he was taking too long to get back to me.
“I decided to just deal with the three Ah Long directly and with the help of my family, I managed to pay the loan in full at the end of April with receipts as proof,” he told a press conference organised by the Johor MCA public complaints and services bureau on Tuesday (May 18).
Ng said he contacted the middleman to get his RM5,000 back on April 30 but was told that he (the middleman) had to check with his boss first and could not be contacted again after that.
Just as he thought he could put the whole episode behind him, Ng said his younger brother and him started receiving calls from an individual called Alex in early May, asking them to pay off a RM12,000 loan.
“I told him I have paid off my debts and do not owe anyone any more money.
“Shortly after that, we started noticing my MyKad and photos of my family members being circulated on Facebook as well as in various popular Facebook groups.
“The posts were by someone who had misused my information to create four fake Facebook accounts to smear my name and embarrass me.
“My family and relatives, especially my elderly parents, are under a lot of stress and anxiety because we keep getting questions and judgemental looks from people around us,” he said.
Ng added that he checked with the three Ah Long that he previously borrowed money from and they all claimed that they were not the ones behind the postings.
“I want to clarify that I no longer owe money to any Ah Long and hope that whoever is behind this can stop harassing me and my family,” he said.
Johor MCA public complaints and services bureau deputy chief Chua Jian Boon, who organised the press conference, reminded the public who have faced similar harassment to seek help instead of suffering in silence.
He said Ng could be a victim of an online scam syndicate where individuals use such tactics to force victims to part with their money, and urged the police to form a task force to tackle such syndicates.
Meanwhile, Iskandar Puteri OCPD Asst Comm Dzulkhairi Mukhtar said they have received police reports regarding the matter and investigations are underway.