Bachelor gets divorce papers from 'wife'

  • Nation
  • Monday, 14 Apr 2003


KUALA LUMPUR: Last Thursday was like any other for wireman Karrnanithi Annamalai, 35; that is, until he got home and opened a brown envelope sent via registered post. 

The envelope contained, among other things, an affidavit for divorce proceedings. 

Along with it was a photocopy of a marriage certificate, which correctly listed his identity card number, date of birth and his father’s full name. 

The notice, from a Penang-based law firm, suggested that he had been married for 18 years while the photocopy marriage certificate also listed a Penang address, which was purportedly his, as well as the name and address of his “wife” and the names and signatures of witnesses. The Hindu temple where the marriage supposedly took place was also listed. 

ABSOLUTELY BAFFLED:Karrnanithi showing Chong copies of his police report,'marriage certificate' and the affidavit issued by hissupposed wife's lawyers.

There was only one problem though – Karrnanithi is not, and, he claimed, has never married. 

“I can swear in front of anyone that I am not married,” he said.  

“I have never lived in Penang. I have been living in Klang and Setapak all this time,” he told reporters at a press conference called by MCA Public Service and Complaint Department head Michael Chong yesterday. 

Even more disturbing for him is that in the affidavit, Karrnanithi is said to have taken his “wife” to Singapore for a three-week holiday shortly after their supposed marriage, raising suspicions his impostor may have a passport and other documents in his name. 

“What if a bank calls me up one day and asks me to repay a loan of RM20,000 or RM30,000 that I never took? How can I pay?” asked Karrnanithi. 

He is baffled as to how the impersonator managed to get his personal details, adding that he was keen to find out who his supposed wife is. 

While admitting that he lost his birth certificate in 1984, Karrnanithi quickly pointed out that the marriage certificate was dated 1995, eleven years after the loss. 

Confused and at a loss as to what to do, he contacted Chong and asked for help. He has also lodged a police report on the matter. 

He said the issue was causing him quite a bit of embarrassment, especially since he was actually planning to get married in November with his girlfriend, who is currently working in Indonesia. 

“Now, I am not sure if I can (legally) get married,” he said. 

Chong said Karrnanithi’s case is rare but not unheard of, recalling a similar case years ago that involved a Malaysian woman who lost her IC and later discovered that she was about to be “divorced” from her Singaporean “husband”.Chong said, they will try to contact the law firm that issued the affidavit.  

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