Family of four in dire straits after separation from husband

Abandoned family: Tham and her son Benjamin, 11, are seeking Wong’s whereabouts so that they can claim alimony payments.
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KUALA LUMPUR - A woman is looking for her husband to claim alimony payments for her and their four children.

Tham Lai Ping, 36, a school clerk from Lahat, Perak, is struggling to make ends meet following her separation in 2012.

"He refused to give me a divorce but I was given custody by the court and granted RM8,000 (S$2620) in alimony from him every month," she told reporters here yesterday.

Tham said she had no way of contacting her husband Wong Yew Wai, 43, who used to work as a doctor in Klang.

"He has called to check in on our kids a handful of times since we separated and always with a different number. The last I heard, he was working in Singapore," she said.

Tham said she was facing financial problems raising her four children, aged four to 11.

MCA Public Service and Comp­laints Department chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong said attempts to contact Wong through his relatives were unsuccessful.

In another case, a woman is trying to get in touch with her family after running away with a man to Johor Baru 30 years ago.

Siew Tai Mooi, 63, left her family in 1985 after they objected to her marriage with a 43-year-old man.

"I used to live at No.53, Jalan Brickfields here. When I came back about 10 years ago, they were not there anymore.

"I tried again on Monday but the entire area has been demolished and no one knows what happened to my family," she said.

Siew said she hoped to seek forgiveness from her parents Siew Siew Meng, 86, and Chan Chin Ho, 83, if they are still alive.

She also has three brothers: Siew Tak, 65, Siew Hoi Weng, 59, and Siew Hoi Yow, 55.

Chong urged anyone with information on the family's whereabouts to contact his office.

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