GEORGE TOWN: While many were celebrating the universal day of love, a 42-year-old Bangladeshi was searching everywhere for his wife, who he believed had been lured away by a compatriot.
What hurt Md Tajimul the most was that this was the third time his wife had gone away, allegedly with the same man.
Md Tajimul, who has been working in Penang for 19 years, said he brought his wife Farida Begum, 40, here in March last year, adding that she got a job in a mall.
“In June, she went missing and a week later, the police found that the man, who worked at the same mall, had taken my wife to a flat unit in Gat Lebuh Macallum.
“She told me then that she was in a bewitched state, hating me,” he said yesterday.
He said on Sept 9 last year, the same man took his wife to Kuala Lumpur and then to Bangladesh.
“After a few days, my wife called to inform me that the man was taking her back to her village. She came back to Penang on Jan 14.
“On Jan 27, Farida left with all her belongings and valuables worth RM18,000.
“I tried calling her but her phone was switched off. I fear she is being used as a sex tool to earn quick money,” he claimed, adding that he had lodged a police report.
Md Tajimul said he had his wife’s passport with him and believed the man had taken her to Kuala Lumpur.
He dismissed the possibility that his wife has fallen for the man, saying they had been married for 25 years and have two children and two grandchildren.
“I just want my wife back and hope the man is put behind bars,” he said.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said the case was being investigated as a missing person report.
“We’ve also informed Interpol, the Immigration Department and the Bangladesh Consulate to assist in finding her,” he said.