On 28 and 29 July, 11 people alleged to be part of Ah Long (loan shark) syndicates were apprehended in searches in Pelangi Indah and Iskandar Puteri in Johor.
They were suspected of using different forms of intimidation including lighting fire to and splattering paint on the homes of individuals who were unable to repay their debts.
The head of police in Johor, Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat, said that intelligence and public information led to the arrest of 10 locals, including 9 men and a woman, and 1 Indonesian man, all of whom were aged between 19 and 46 and were members of two different syndicates.
He stated that the findings of the investigation discovered that members of the syndicate received wages ranging from RM450 to RM800.
Additionally, it was discovered that some of the members had borrowed money from these syndicates and were working for the syndicates to pay back their loans.