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Thursday May 13, 2010

Man dies after getting debt collectors’ 120 SMSes

A 45-YEAR-OLD man died of a heart attack after being bombarded with 120 SMSes from a debt collection company over RM7,000 in credit card debts, the major Chinese dailies reported.

Nanyang Siang Pau, Sin Chew Daily and China Press reported that Chan Kok Wah from Kajang was deluged with the messages urging him to clear his debt from as early as 6.26am on May 7.

Within five minutes, he had received 32 messages. And by the end of the day, he was overwhelmed by a total of 120 SMSes, according to the reports.

Chan’s wife, Yeap Chun Hong, 45, said she was upset with the method used by the debt collection company in going after her husband on behalf of the bank.

“They totally did not allow room for discussion. My husband owed them only RM7,000 and they pushed him to his death,” she told the dailies.

Yeap, who had lodged a police report, said her husband had banked in RM500 and RM550, and told her he was going for his breakfast at about 11am that day.

“But he suddenly collapsed before he could even take the food and his friend brought him home.

“He then complained about chest pains and fainted again. When he woke up, his friend immediately sent him to the hospital but it was already too late,” she was quoted by the dailies.

> China Press and Nanyang Siang Pau also reported a housewife banked in RM8,700 at a cash deposit machine in Seremban, only to find her bank-in statement indicating no money was deposited.

Neoh Bee Lan, 47, was quoted by the dailies as saying she inserted 87 pieces of RM100 notes into the machine to bank in money for her sister last Friday.

“The machine only accepted RM1,700 and rejected the other notes, so I pressed the ‘add more cash’ button to place the other notes again.

“This time, the screen showed that the transaction had been stopped and a receipt indicating no money was deposited popped out,” she said.

Neoh said she had to fill a form and wait for another five days to allow the bank to conduct an investigation.

“My sister checked with the bank and was told that no transaction were recorded on that day,” she said, adding this showed that it could be more dangerous and unsafe than keeping money at home.

Other News & Views is 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 the > sign, it denotes a separate news item.