Navy helps 102 with debts

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Article from New Straits Times dated 8 January 2013

 

BETTER WORK SPIRIT: Task force negotiates solution to settling debts totalling RM139,000

 

LUMUT: ROYAL Malaysian Navy has helped 102 of its serving personnel to settle loans with Ah Long (loan sharks) here through a special task force set up to address the issue last year.

 

Its chief, Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar, said the task force, headed by RMN director-general of material Vice-Admiral Datuk Mohd Noh Lebai Mahat, had negotiated with the Ah Long to find the best solution for both parties.

 

Noh said the total amount settled was RM139,000, compared with RM370,000 the previous year.

 

Aziz said another 76 personnel had settled their loans on their own after attending counselling and talks organised by the task force with help of experts from the Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency (AKPK) of Bank Negara.

 

"All the 102 personnel had shown better work spirit after their loans were settled.

 

"They were required to sign an undertaking that they would not borrow money from Ah Long again.

 

"Disciplinary action will be taken against those who fail to adhere to the undertaking," he said after delivering his new year message at Dewan M. Sidek Shabudin at the RMN Base here yesterday.

 

Present were his deputy Vice-Admiral Datuk Mohammed Noordin Ali and RMN fleet chief Vice-Admiral Datuk Abd Hadi A. Rashid.