Workshop owner harassed over ex-worker’s debt

JOHOR BARU: A car paint workshop owner is living in fear after he claims that a man, believed to be a loan shark, has been harassing him to pay off his former employee's debt.

Chay Mook Kowong, 61, said he often receives phone calls from an individual who asks him to pay a debt of RM2,100 since May, although he had never borrowed money from loan sharks before.

The businessman said he had since ignored the calls until he received a threatening text message from the loan shark last month via the WhatsApp mobile application.

Chay said the individual claimed that he would “do something” to him, his house and even workshop if he failed to settle the debt.

“I have never borrowed money from anyone but I do know that my former employee used to borrow money from an illegal money lender.

“This is because I had earlier received text messages from two unknown numbers instructing my former employee to pay his debt,” he told a press conference, here today.

Also present was MCA Government Affairs Coordination Bureau chief Michael Tay Chee Boon.

In fact, Chay said the front gate of his house in Taman Kota Masai, Pasir Gudang here was splashed with red paint last Wednesday after he continued to ignore the loan shark's requests.

In addition, he said he also received another threat that his workshop would be set on fire.

Fearing for his and his family members safety, Chay lodged three reports at the Masai police station. — Bernama

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