Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Man dies after getting debt collecters' 120 SMSes

He owed only RM7,000 from a local bank, yet that amount killed him.

The gangster style methods employed by the bank concerned to compel that poor guy to payback the debt in terms of credit card overdues, led to the death of the bank customer.

Normally, we only hear tragic cases involving the illegal money lender or Ah Longs in Malaysia, and not established banking institutions.

That tragic case happened in Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia recently.

The 45-YEAR-OLD man died of a heart attack after being bombarded with 120 Short Messaging Services, SMSes from a debt collection company over RM7,000 in credit card debts.

Nanyang Siang Pau, Sin Chew Daily and China Press reported that Chan Kok Wah from Kajang was deluged with the messages urging him to clear his debt from as early as 6.26am on May 7.

Within five minutes, he had received 32 messages. And by the end of the day, he was overwhelmed by a total of 120 SMSes, according to the reports.

Chan’s wife, Yeap Chun Hong, 45, said she was upset with the method used by the debt collection company in going after her husband on behalf of the bank.

“They totally did not allow room for discussion. My husband owed them only RM7,000 and they pushed him to his death,” she told the dailies.

Yeap, who had lodged a police report, said her husband had banked in RM500 and RM550, and told her he was going for his breakfast at about 11am that day.

“But he suddenly collapsed before he could even take the food and his friend brought him home.

“He then complained about chest pains and fainted again. When he woke up, his friend immediately sent him to the hospital but it was already too late,” she was quoted by the dailies.

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