KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 3,211 loan sharks or ah long have been detained involving some RM142mil worth of loans, says Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Zakaria Ahmad.
The Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes Investigation Department (CCID) director said those detained were responsible for 5,655 cases recorded between 2010 and Oct 30 this year.
In fact, the number of cases and those detained have also spiked since last year.
“In 2018,465 loan sharks were detained involving some RM9.7mil worth of loans.
“This year, 849 were detained and the loans were RM18mil,” he told a press conference at the CCID headquarters on Thursday (Nov 14).
Recently, the CCID listed 117 people wanted in connection with ah long cases nationwide.
“A total of 67 people have already come forward and we have detained them.
“We are still looking for the remaining 50 people,” he said.
Comm Mohd Zakaria reminded those wanted by police to come forward as soon as possible.
“Surrender or we will come for you.
“The 50 still at large include 16 in Johor, nine in Melaka and five in Penang,” he said.
Comm Mohd Zakaria advised the public not to deal with unlicensed moneylenders or ah long.
“The loan sharks will impose high interests on their victims.
“When the victims are unable to make payments, the loan sharks will use aggressive tactics to make them pay up,” he said.
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