Many love to quote the saying, “blood is thicker than water”. However, sometimes, people can and will give up on their family members, especially when they’ve reached the end of their rope!
A mother in Puchong recently publicly declared that she had broken ties with her son. Her reason? Apparently, he had borrowed RM85,400 from at least 10 different loan shark groups before vanishing. As a result of his actions, the family has been harassed by loan sharks. It left his mother tired, disappointed and in tears.
Mrs. He (literation of her Chinese name: 何银凤) poured out her woes during a press conference held yesterday (2nd October). The 67-year-old woman claimed that her 37-year-old son Wenjun (梁文俊) had opened a furniture factory. However, shortly afterwards, he allegedly started borrowing money from loan sharks.
A month ago, he had asked money from family and friends to pay off his first debt. However, it was his oldest brother who eventually repaid the RM70,000 debt. At the time, he had warned the loan shark against loaning money to Wenjun, stating that his brother did not have the means to repay him.
Unfortunately, Wenjun continued to borrow from the loan sharks without his family’s knowledge. To make matters worse, Wenjun vanished. Mrs. He stated that her son had not been home for several days, nor had they heard from him since. Mrs. He only discovered how much he owed the loan shark when she discovered his account book detailing the RM85,400 loan in his car.
The issue first came to the family’s attention when they started receiving calls and messages from an unfamiliar number on 26th September. Eventually, the loan shark came to their front door to speak to them. It was then that the family was told about what Wenjun had done.
The loan shark initially showed up to ask for Wenjun and did not take any action against the family. However, Mrs. He called the police after the incident to make a police report. “When (the loan shark) came by a second time, he saw the report we had posted on the door,” Mrs. He said. “He left, but started sending messages to harass us instead.”
Apparently, Wenjun had told the loan shark that the family had been asked to lie because his mother needed the money for her illness. “I am sitting here alive,” she reportedly snipped. “Do you think I am sick?” However, the loan shark allegedly started acting against them instead. Mrs. He shared that the loan shark had taken photos of her, her oldest son and his employee to spread them around and claim that they had taken a loan from him.
Mrs. He added that she had income from driving students to school. Also, her family’s finances were enough that they did not need to borrow money from the loan shark. After all, to collect their debts, loan sharks were notorious for using any means.
In fact, the loan shark had apparently visited her oldest son twice to suggest he sell his children to pay off the debt. He also told the family to publicly renounce their ties with Wenjun, hence Mrs. He’s request for the press conference. She warned the loan shark then to stop harassing them, and publicly stated that they should collect the debt from Wenjun instead.
However, Mrs. He did add that Wenjun did not have a gambling habit nor was he into drugs. To their knowledge, Wenjun was always busy with the factory as he often left the house early and returned late. “The factory workers all say he is very hardworking,” Mrs. He reportedly said. “We don’t know if he faced business problems because he never told us.”
The family hopes that the loan shark will now leave them alone. MCA members Kow Cheong Wei (高祥威) and Lawrence Chiew (赵启兴) have also advised the loan shark to seek out Wenjun instead.
Watch the full press conference here: