Threats intensify to kidnapping

KUALA LUMPUR: A businessman is worried about his family’s safety after loan sharks threatened to kidnap his children.

The man who only wished to be identified as Choong, 42, from Cheras, said his younger brother had taken about 13 loans amounting to RM83,000 from illegal moneylenders.

“He took the loans in May but this month they began harassing him and me to start paying off the debt.

“They even threatened to kidnap my two children aged nine and 12 as well as his two-year-old daughter,” he told the MCA Public Services and Complaints Department on Friday.

He said the moneylenders also edited pictures of his younger brother and wife and placed it on a hearse as a threat.

“This is the first time that he has borrowed money from a loan shark and now we are all worried for our safety.

“My brother also reported the case to the police at Hulu Selangor on June 6,” he said, asking for help on the matter.

Meanwhile, an accountant who only wanted to be known as Huang, from Petaling Jaya, said her estranged husband had left her and her family members facing harassment from moneylenders.

“My husband is 45 years old and works as an air-conditioning service technician.

“He moved out of the house in January this year as we are in the midst of a divorce,” she said, adding that she had no idea why her husband needed to seek out a moneylender to take out loans in the first place.

She said they managed to settle her husband’s loans two years ago, but her cousin and father-in-law have been receiving threatening calls from the moneylender since last month.

“My cousin was told that he is the guarantor for the borrower, but he never stood as guarantor before.

“I also have received calls from the moneylender demanding that I pay another RM4,300 in order to settle the matter,” she said.

When contacted, department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong said these illegal moneylenders were a menace to society.

“They should seek out the borrower instead of harassing and threatening their family members who have nothing to do with the issue,” he said.

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