KUALA LUMPUR: Illegal moneylenders, or Ah Longs, are now resorting to extreme measures to extort money from innocent victims, warns Datuk Seri Michael Chong, head of MCA’s Public Services and Complaints Department.
He highlighted a recent incident where a suspected Ah Long recorded his arson attack on a victim’s home here.
“I don’t think they’re just Ah Longs, they’re blackmailers targeting innocent family members who have nothing to do with lending money,” he said at a news conference in Wisma MCA on Friday (January 3). .
In the incident, Chong said the victim, Lau Tien Sung, 55, of Jinjang, Kuala Lumpur, was shocked when he received a call from his 81-year-old father at around 5pm Monday (December 30) telling him that an unknown person had thrown a petrol bomb into his house.
He said Lau filed a police report on the incident that same day.
“However, on Thursday (January 2), Lau received a WhatsApp call from a man calling himself Henry, demanding that he pay off a RM45,000 loan that his younger brother allegedly took out.
“The man even admitted that he was the one who threw the petrol bomb to warn that Lau’s family would be harmed if he didn’t pay off the loan,” he added.
Chong said he took up the matter with Sentul police including Bukit Aman’s Anti-Vice, Gambling and Secret Societies Division (D7).
“I believe they’re not just Ah Longs, they’re blackmailers willing to go to extremes and kill.
“I urge the police to investigate the case as attempted murder as the act could have resulted in death,” he added.
In another case, Chong said a suspected Ah Long threw pig heads at the home and business premises of a 34-year-old woman in Kapar, Selangor on Thursday (January 2).
The crime related to an alleged loan of RM 200,000 that the woman’s brother-in-law had not paid.
He said the victim, Lee Wing Wing, has filed three police reports since November last year following repeated threats from the loan sharks.
Lau and Lee, who attended the press conference, denied accepting loans from the loan sharks.
Lau said his family decided to come forward to disown his younger brother, while Lee said they decided to seek help out of fear for their safety.
Meanwhile, Chong advised those seeking loans to do so through registered licensed moneylenders.
“Do not accept loans offered through WhatsApp or online by unknown people,” he said.
He added that loan sharks would usually offer very low loan repayment terms to entice people to borrow from them.