JOHOR BARU - A noodle seller is distraught after his Indonesian wife of eight years ran away last month, leaving their five-year-old son behind.
Tee Chong Han, 55, wants his wife Dali or Lau Lemeng from Semarang, Central Java, to return home so that their son can apply for Malaysian citizenship and register for school as soon as possible.
He said 40-year-old Lau, who used to help out at his noodle stall at Skudai, ran away from their home in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah at around 7.30pm on Feb 3.
"When I got home from a sundry shop nearby that day, I saw her going through my safety deposit box but I did not think much of it.
"Later, she cleaned the house and took out the trash.
"She disappeared after taking her clothes and valuables with her," he told a press conference at the MCA Public Services and Complaints Bureau here yesterday.
Tee admitted that Lau had run away before in August last year.
She went off with a female friend and was found in Kuala Lumpur three days later.
"She had never run away for this long. I suspect that she ran off with another man because my neighbours claimed they saw a man known as 'Botak Uncle' visiting my house a few times while I was manning my stall," he said.
Tee alleged that their neighbours knew the man as a womaniser.
"My wife is kind-hearted, but I'm afraid that she could easily be duped by unscrupulous men," he added.
He also said that some of his friends said Lau was spotted in Gelang Patah and Skudai with the man.
"I want her to return home so our son's citizenship application process can be completed before he goes to school next year.
"He misses her and has not been sleeping well since she left," he said.
Bureau head Jason Teoh said the public can contact him with information about Lau's whereabouts at 019-711 1516.