Blackmailed by jilted lover

Chong discussing with Chin about his former lover blackmailing him at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR - A businessman's infidelity was exposed when his jilted lover sent nude photographs of him to his wife because he refused to pay her RM50,000 (S$20,000).

The 43-year-old man, who only wants to be known as Chin, said he broke up with the Chinese woman from Jiang Xi in mid-July after she flew to Malaysia to look for him.

"She also sent the nude photos of me to my brother. My wife has not forgiven me and she says she wants a divorce," he said at the MCA Public Services and Complaints Department here yesterday.

His wife, with whom he has four children, had received the photographs via MMS from a foreign number.

Chin said the woman, known as Chen, had demanded that he pay her RM50,000 as a "break-up and settlement fee".

He had been in a relationship with the 24-year-old woman since 2011, when he started making many business trips to China.

"I knew she had taken the photos as well as video clips on her handphone last year but I thought she had deleted them," he said of the incriminating evidence.

Chin said she had also threatened to upload the photographs and video clips online.

He lodged a police report at Dang Wangi police station on Saturday and sought the help of department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong on Monday.

Chong said he suspected that Chen had contacts in Malaysia because she knew Chin's office address as well as obtained the mobile numbers of his wife and brother.

He said he recorded seven such cases this year and nine last year, involving nude photographs and blackmail threats, observing that most of the victims had engaged in relationships with individuals from China.a

He said women would normally get blackmailed into paying for the men's livelihood, while men normally fell victim when they went on overseas business trips.

"Blackmail is disastrous because the amount asked will be in the thousands. Some are also very smart, they don't want ringgit but US dollars.

"I always advise victims that they should never pay the blackmail sum. Once you start, you will end up paying till you die," he said, stressing that suicide was also not the answer.

Chong said victims must instead "fight back and deal with it" even though the truth might cause families to break up, pointing out that the law would punish the blackmailers if they were caught.