Friday December 28, 2012
Locked out of their own house
By WANI MUTHIAH
KUALA LUMPUR: Jonathan Rasiah and his wife Serene Jeevam had looked forward to ushering in 2013 in their new home in Bandar Kinrara.
However, their dreams were dashed when the couple was prevented from moving in by a loan shark from whom the previous owner had taken a loan.
“The previous owner had borrowed money from the Ah Long and disappeared.
“So our house has been splashed with paint at least four times from the time we took possession of the property in February this year,” Rasiah told a press conference organised by the MCA Public Services and Complaints Department.
According to Rasiah, the loan shark had also padlocked the front gate of the RM530,000 house at least four times to prevent contractors from carrying out renovation work.
Rasiah added he had lodged numerous police reports and the police had even called the loan shark and told him to stop the harassment.
However, the loan shark did not heed the warning and continued with the bullying antics, said Rasiah.
Rasiah said police had also contacted the previous owner of the house and asked him to come down to the station to give a statement and provide details of the loan shark.
“But he failed to do so and has now disconnected his phone line,” said Rasiah.
Meanwhile, department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong asked the previous owner to come forward and settle the matter.
“Jonathan and Serene are being victimised by the Ah Long because they cannot find the borrower.
“If the previous owner does not come forward, we are left with no choice other than taking out an advertisement in the newspapers with his photograph seeking his whereabouts,” said Chong.