Family longs for boy and his mother to return

Lean holding up photographs of his wife and son.

A RESTAURANT owner is desperate to have his Vietnamese wife return to the family with their four-year-old son.

Lean Boon Kew, 40, said his 27-year-old wife Le Thi Kim Phuong had left their home in Parit Buntar with their son, Zhu Lin, on March 21.

“I urge my wife to come home with our son for the sake of his education,” he said in a press conference held by Perak MCA Public Service and Complaints Bureau chief Jimmy Loh here.

“My son’s grandparents are worried sick and they are having sleepless nights. We had lodged a police report the same day,” he added.

Lean said he had an argument with his wife before Chinese New Year.

“I may have said something bad during our argument. I never thought she would just leave. I hope she will come back so we can talk things out,” he added.

Lean said he first met his wife in 2010, before getting married in 2011 in Thailand.

“We then registered our marriage in Malaysia in 2012. We met through a common acquaintance,” he said, adding that Le Thi was unemployed while he worked in Kuala Kurau.

Lean said he managed to contact his wife through WeChat on March 23 where she said she would return.

“However, she did not and we have been unable to contact her since. I checked with Immigration Department and was told she had left for Vietnam. However, I believe she is still here because my son does not have his passport,” he added.

Loh said he would check with Immigration Department.

“I hope she will return to the family,” he said.

Loh said this was the fifth case of runaway foreign wives he had handled since last year.

“Two have returned while two are still missing. Again, I strongly urge spouses to settle things through discussion instead of just running away,” he added.

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