A long ire hits the family of the debtor

KUALA LUMPUR – A 67-year old man was forced to disown his debt-ridden son because of his gambling addiction.

Wong Yock Sang, a retired man, said that his 35-year old son was a chronic gambling who borrowed money from loan sharks in order to finance his lifestyle.

“I spent my entire life savings to pay his RM240,000 in debt in 2019, because he promised a change.

He said, “I had to work as an ehailing chauffeur as my savings were gone,” at a press event organised by MCA Public Services and Complaints Department Head Datuk Seri Micheal Chong yesterday at Wisma MCA.

Wong stated that his son, shortly after paying the debts, went to a gambling rehabilitation center and seemed to have turned a new page.

“However on June 2, I found that someone posted a picture of me and my spouse on Facebook with the caption, ‘wanted.’

“I received a phone call from my son who told me that an ahlong (illegal moneylender), had contacted him and said his brother owed them RM12,000 in debt. He said that the ah-long threatened to hire a group to go after us if we did not pay.

Wong claimed that another ah-long sent him a WhatsApp, saying that the same son owed RM1,200.

“Honestly, I have no idea how much money he owes.

It is difficult to break my relationship with my child. “It breaks my heart but I had no choice,” he said. He added that he filed a police complaint about the threats.

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