Loan sharks should face harsher punishment, Gerakan Press statement by Gerakan National Youth Deputy Sec Gen H’ng Chee Wey

Gerakan has commended Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for taking a very serious view on the menace of Ah long, or loan sharks.

“There must be a political will to weed out the Ah Long (loan sharks) menace in our society, and with the help of the authorities, police and other enforcement agencies,” said Gerakan National Youth Deputy Sec Gen H’ng Chee Wey in a statement.

Calling on the authorities to mete out harsher punishment against Ah Along, he said the police’s action against Ah Long deserved full support from every law-abiding citizen.

“We also hope the police would not just take firm action now but to continue to do so in the future. If people failed to pay their debts, there are laws to deal with them,” Lim said, when commenting on a statement by Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan that police would be going after loan sharks and their photographs would be made available to the press. 

Najib had expressed shock at the level of cruelty loan sharks inflict on defaulters and wanted authorities to take against the culprits.

He said he could not believe how inhumane some ah Longs could be against those who failed to settle their debts. “I’m truly shocked with what the media had reported. Authorities must take swift action.” 
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, Semenyith 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 been beaten by their captors.

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