KUALA LUMPUR: A husband claims that his Cambodian wife ran away from home with their three children two months ago, and is worried about their safety.
Kang Tai Ju, a contractor from Labis, Johor said his wife went to Phnom Penh, Cambodia on July 24 this year and is refusing to send their children back.
This is despite the fact that they are registered as Malaysians and have overstayed their Cambodian travel visas.
He said that he returned to his house in Labis at about 1pm that day and found that his wife and three children were not there.
"I inspected the house and found their clothes missing," said Kang, 48.
He added that his wife initially did not answer his calls but he finally managed to speak to her when she needed money for the children's expenses.
Kang said he banked in RM1,320 to his wife, but would not give any more until she brings his children back.
In a press conference Friday (Oct 4), Kang alleged that his wife's father told her to marry a Cambodian and encouraged her to remain in her home country.
He also claimed that his wife had a boyfriend who arranged the flight to Cambodia for her and the children.
MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong said that he has received eight complaints of runaway foreign wives this year.
"There were four Vietnamese wives, four Cambodians, two Thais and one Indonesian, all who took their children away," said Chong.
Chong urged Malaysian men facing similar situations to speak to the respective foreign embassies in Malaysia.
"If the child overstays and is a Malaysian, they have an obligation to help you," he said.