Compiled by BENJAMIN LEE, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN
ONCE living a comfortable luxurious life, an investor from Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, is now living out of his car after he was tricked into becoming an ambassador for scam digital currency investments, Harian Metro reported.
Ariff Luqman Peter Lisut, 27, saw his entire life’s work upended after those involved in the scheme disappeared, leaving him in debt of over RM1mil two years ago.
Ariff, once a rising talent in the local music industry, was then forced to sell off his cattle farming business, two houses, three cars and a van in order to reimburse clients who were shortchanged.
“I made a severe mistake when I trusted the investment scheme operators and allowed them to use me as a ‘spokesperson’ to attract the public to invest as I didn’t expect all of them to disappear.“I want to continue living with a free conscience, so I took the responsibility to pay back my clients’ money by selling all my assets, except for this Proton Wira that I use for work and sleep.
“Even though I sold off all my assets, it wasn’t enough to cover the debt, so I took on various jobs to pay off the remaining amount. That’s why I don’t rent a house or a room because my (financial) burden is too heavy,” he said.
He added that he still had a debt of RM100,000 and would continue to work multiple side jobs.
“The first three months were tough to adapt to, but now, I’m used to it and comfortable as long as I can sleep in a shelter.
“I currently sleep in my full-time job’s office on weekdays, work on side jobs at night and on weekends, I work on music at a friend’s studio,” he said.
> Noor Nabila Mohd Noor, the older sister of renowned celebrity entrepreneur Neelofa, and her husband Engku Emran Engku Zainal Abidin have officially divorced after only two years of marriage, Kosmo! reported.
This comes after Noor Nabila, 39, previously denied that there was any unrest in her marriage with Engku Emran, 48, despite the sudden removal of her husband’s pictures from her social media last year.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.