PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is shocked and appalled at the level of cruelty loan sharks inflict on defaulters and wants authorities to take action against the culprits.
The Prime Minister said he could not believe how inhumane some Ah Longs could be against those who fail to settle their debts.
“I’m truly shocked with what the media had reported. Authorities must take swift action.
Treated like animals: Two of the loan shark victims awaiting rescue in a cell during a police raid at a shoplot in Taman Perindustrian Bukit Serdang, Seri Kembangan, in a May 27 file photo. — Bernama
“This is a lesson for all Malaysians. I hope they realise the danger and negative implications of borrowing money from loan sharks. The public should never take loans from them,” he told reporters yesterday.
The Prime Minister was commenting on media reports of three men who were rescued by the police after being held captive for two months by loan sharks when they failed to settle their debts.
The victims, aged 25, 34 and 49 years, were abducted from Segambut, Semenyih and Gombak and were held in a shoplot in Seri Kembangan after failing to settle their debts of between RM1,500 and RM4,000 each.
They were found chained by their necks and legs and showed signs of having beaten by their captors.
This article really caught my attention. Yes, it is intended to be spinned that the PM Najib is very concerned about his people. But too bad the press people can't spin his words.
“This is a lesson for all Malaysians. I hope they realise the danger and negative implications of borrowing money from loan sharks. The public should never take loans from them,”
In short, its your own fault citizens! Who asked you to borrow money from loan sharks?
Just because it is hard to get loan from the banks, ah long stickers & business are legalized, the escalation of cost of living and doing business, the failure of court to adequately remediate non payment of service/goods suits, the lack of social net for the poor, the decrease of the access to healthcare for the poor, turning blind eye on illegal gambling activities .... why did you need to turn to Ah Long?
He did not even talk about why the police did not catch this actvity earlier. Why are the police asked to go to Perak and all the different places to catch civil societies and opposition?
The logic of our PM is that if the people are caught ( and obviously go missing, in which police reports were made) and put into a non-makeshift jail ( note the toilet facility that is included) , it is the fault of those people to borrow the money. Padan Muka.