Jilted chef loses Viet wife and $7,800

Jilted chef loses Viet wife and $7,800
Wong (left) showing a picture of Thi to Chong at Wisma MCA, Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR - A 39-year-old chef paid RM20,000 (S$7,900) for a bride from Vietnam only to find out after their wedding that she was forced to marry him.

To add to his heartache, Wong Chee Leong said his wife ran away two months after they were married.

Feeling cheated, he demanded a refund from the agent who arranged the marriage - identified only as Chan from Lenggong in Perak - but failed.

He lodged a police report and sought help from MCA Public Services and Complaints Department chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong.

At a press conference at Wisma MCA yesterday, Wong said he spent most of his time at work, thus could not find a girlfriend.

He said a friend introduced him to Chan, who arranged a meeting with his bride Nguyen Thi Kim Hat, 20, in June.

Wong paid a RM8,000 deposit to bring her home and the remaining RM12,000 was to be paid after they got married.

The woman behaved normally in the beginning but started crying three days after arriving at Wong's house.

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