KUALA LUMPUR: He was tall and his crew-cut hair made him look even more rugged. It was love at first sight when a 26-year-old lab assistant from Penang met him in Singapore in December 2000.
The relationship between Darren Tan, who claimed to be a secret agent for the United States and United Nations, and the woman, who only wanted to be known as Chuah, went on fine until March last year.
“He started asking me for money to treat his leg injury,” said Chuah, adding that Tan, in his 30s, claimed he was injured during a mission to pursue terrorists in Singapore last March.
Chuah gave him RM4,000 and later, Tan claimed he had a nose infection and wanted more money.
Chuah said she suspected something amiss when she could not find any scars or injury marks on Tan's legs when they had sex at a hotel sometime last year.
Chuah said Tan had taken a total of RM11,000 from her and even wanted her to borrow money from her close girlfriend.
“When I refused to give him more money he became cold and told me that he would seek me out and harm me,” said Chuah, who found a job in Singapore to be close to Tan.
Chuah lodged a police report over the threat.
“I got to know him through an Internet chatroom and a few weeks later, decided to meet him in Singapore,” said Chuah, who met MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Michael Chong.
On another case, Chong said a couple who tried to ward off two snatch thieves while riding a motorcycle along Jalan Kuchai Lama were hurt when they fell.
He said odd-job worker Ho Kok Keong, 54, sustained a shoulder bone fracture while his wife, Choo Choi Woon, 44, a cleaner, had a fractured finger when two men on another motorcycle tried to grab a plastic bag containing their belongings and RM50 on March 3.
Ho needed RM10,000 for an implant to his shoulder to prevent amputation, Chong said.
He said MCA had given him RM2,000. Members of the public who want to help Ho can contact him at 03-2161 8044.
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