Indonesian arrested in Malaysia for allegedly participating in loan shark syndicate
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Malaysian police have arrested an Indonesian citizen along with ten others for allegedly working for usurer unions. The Indonesian national has not been identified.
According to Johor Police Chief Kamarul Zaman Mamat, members of Ah Long or loan shark syndicates disrupted the community as they were supposed to set fire and splash paint on victims’ houses to intimidate those who could not. not repay their loans.
The suspects, aged 19 to 46, are believed to belong to two unions in the Johor Bahru region. Kamarul added that they received salaries of RM450 to RM800 or equal to Rp1.5 million to Rp2.6 million.
Some of them also borrowed money from the union and worked for the union to pay off their debts. “We found that there were individuals who were trapped (in the service of the unions) because they were not able to repay their loans,” he said, quoted by Free Malaysia today Monday, August 1, 2022.
Kamarul went on to say that the police had found 10 similar cases in Johor where houses had been burnt down or had paint splashed on them. Three other cases located in Seremban were also linked to these two unions.
The two unions reportedly targeted Malaysian workers in Singapore by advertising loan offers on Facebook. All suspects were detained for a week.
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