Thursday, October 20, 2016

3135) LOAN SHARK BORROWERS ASKED TO GET PPIM'S HELP - THE SUNDAILY - 18/10/2016


KUALA LUMPUR: The Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) wants borrowers having problems with loan financing companies or 'Ah Long' (loan sharks) to get its help to monitor loan repayment.
Its activist leader Datuk Nadzim Johan said PPIM would provide assistance by monitoring the monthly repayment by the borrower to the money lenders to avoid them being used.
"This loan money can have interest rate of as high as 18% and if left unchecked, the borrower will be charged up to hundreds (per cent) because some of them like to deceive people," he said when contacted by Bernama here today.
Nadzim said PPIM had received over 10,000 complaints relating to victims having problems over their loans with loan sharks since over the last four years.
Hence he urged the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry to take firm action by forming a special taskforce to oversee the more than 4,000 loan financing companies nationwide from exploiting borrowers.
He advised individuals taking loans with loan sharks to keep records and take along witnesses when doing each transaction, which should be signed, so as not to become a victim of fraud if they are too desperate to take such loans.
"This is because there are cases involving accounts of borrowers retained by the money lenders being used for money laundering without the knowledge of the account owners being prosecuted," he added. — Bernama

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