PUTRAJAYA, May 28 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he was shocked at the cruel and inhumane treatment of ah long (loan sharks) on people who failed to pay up their debts.
He, therefore, wants the authorities to take action under the law against such merciless ah long.
“I also hope that Malaysians are aware of the risk involved and learn a lesson from the reported inhumane acts committed by ah long, that they should never borrow money from ah long,” he said after announcing the official projection of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate, here, Thursday.
Najib was asked by reporters to comment on the case of three men who were treated like dogs by ah long who chained them at the neck and feet to the walls of an unoccupied shoplot because of unpaid debts. Police rescued the victims yesterday.
The victims, who had each borrowed only RM1,500 to RM4,000 from the loan sharks, were also reported to have been beaten and forced to survive on tap water and a loaf of bread, which was given to them every few days.
Asked whether he had received a report from the Registrar of Societies (ROS) on the status of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Najib said he had asked for the report and would look at it.
Yesterday, he had said that the Barisan Nasional component party had invited him to its annual assembly on June 7 but would wait for the ROS decision on PPP’s status.
On Ambalat, Najib said discussions on its maritime border would continue to resolve the issues involved.
Ambalat is a sea block in the Celebes Sea and is rich in crude oil. The control of the area is disputed by Malaysia and Indonesia.
Source : Bernama