SINGAPORE - When two of her bosses got married in New Zealand in 2010, she was among those who celebrated their union after the couple returned to Singapore.
The woman, who requested anonymity, said she attended their wedding here and the dinner at the St Regis Hotel.
Imagine her surprise when she found out later that her then CEO of an events management company, Tan Tee Wee, now 48, was already married to another woman.
The employee, who was a manager in the company, said: "No one would ever be so open and outright about the wedding if he is still married to another woman."
Tan was jailed for two months yesterday after pleading guilty to bigamy.
Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Elaine Liew said investigations had revealed that Tan had registered his marriage with Madam Goh Geok Tin on Oct 31, 1988. She is a director in his company, according to an Internet search. They have three children, aged between 12 and 18 years old.
In 2000, he got to know one of his colleagues, Ms Esther Tan Wee Yee, now 39, and they became an item the following year.
Tan told her that he was married to Madam Goh and assured her that he intended to file for separation from his wife.
He also produced documents to show her that he was filing for divorce against Madam Goh.
DPP Liew told District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan that there were no records of divorce proceedings commenced by Tan against Madam Goh.
Tan and Ms Tan decided to get married in New Zealand after about 10 years together.
UNRESOLVED TAX ISSUES
When Ms Tan asked him why they had to tie the knot overseas, he said he had unresolved tax issues in Singapore that were related to Madam Goh.
The pair got married at the Auckland Marriage Registry in New Zealand on Feb 25, 2010.
He lied on his particulars of marriage and marriage certificate by claiming he was "never married or in a civil union".