MALACCA - A bounced cheque has landed a 26-year-old newly-wed from Bemban in Jasin in trouble with his in-laws.
The man is said to have presented his bride's family with a RM10,000 (S$3,900) cheque as wang hantaran (dowry) during his wedding ceremony on Dec 22.
When his wife's family tried to cash the cheque a week after the wedding, they were shocked when told that the cheque had bounced.
A bank officer at the bank where they tried to cash the cheque told them that the man's account did not have sufficient funds to cover the cheque.
The man then told his 55-year-old mother-in-law that he would make sure there would be enough funds in his account by the first week of January so she could cash the cheque then. However, he failed to fulfilled his promise.
The mother-in-law then attempted to demand the money from the man on several occasions, but all in vain.
The mother-in-law decided to lodge a police report at the Jasin district police headquarters to pressure the man into settling his dues.
She told police that she needed the money to pay the caterer. She also said the caterer was beginning to get angry and had begun harassing her family for the money.
The man's 27-year-old colleague, who requested anonymity, said the dowry issue had caused his friend much anguish. "He has no intention to cheat his in-laws. He is only asking for more time to settle the dowry due to his present financial situation."
Malacca Commercial Crimes Chief Supt Ee Khong Koy confirmed that police had received a report on the matter.
"We have investigated the report and found no element of cheating. We have advised the mother-in-law that this is a civil matter," he said.