Loan shark hits wrong house

IPOH: It was a scary night for a human resources executive after her house was splashed with red paint and received a threat to burn it down.

A 54-year-old woman, Chiang Ghee Siew said, she was constantly awoken by noise of barking dogs from outside her home in Taman Kledang Sentosa as she feared that her house might be torched.

She believes that it is a case of mistaken identity by a loan shark.

“I found a note pasted on my gate calling on a neighbour to pay his debt.

“Neither my family members nor I have borrowed from a loan shark or anyone else, ” she told a press conference held by Perak DAP public complaints bureau chief Steven Chaw yesterday.

“It’s nerve-wracking to receive a note that threatens to burn down my house.

“Either the loan shark is mistaken or they are targeting us to pressure the debtor to pay up, ” she told reporters.

She added that she’s not familiar with her neighbor but believes that he and his family have moved away.

 “I saw them pack their belongings into a car and left about 10 days ago.

“They’ve also left their two dogs outside the house, ” she said.

The incident made Chiang lodged a police report on Sunday.

 “I hope the loan shark will stop harassing my family and me, ” she said. Meanwhile, Chaw, who is also Menglembu assemblyman, said he had received five cases of loan sharks this year but it was the first to involve the splashing of red paint. “I hope the debtor will settle his issues with the loan shark so that his neighbours will not be harassed, ” he said.

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