Debt collector who dressed in funeral clothes to harass victims gets jail

SINGAPORE (CNA) – A debt collector who dressed in funeral clothes to harass his victims was sentenced to five weeks’ jail yesterday.

Peh Chong Wee, 59, ran a debt collecting business known as Guarantee Debts Collection Service.

He was introduced by a co-accused man, 47-year-old Koh Yew Ghee, to a client who wanted a debt collected on behalf of an engineering and construction company in April 2019.

Peh and Koh went to the address in Ang Mo Kio given by their client on the afternoon of May 27 last year to collect the debt, which was purportedly owed by the director of a company there.

A human resource manager at the front desk of the debtor’s company heard shouting along the corridor and opened the door.

Peh and Koh went into the office and shouted loudly, banging forcefully on the front desk when told the person they were seeking was not in.

They refused to leave, and Peh lay on the floor at one point, until the manager called the police.

When the police arrived, they advised Peh and Koh to keep the peace and settle the manner amicably, and the pair left the office.