Law catches up with polygamous husband

  • AseanPlus News
  • Thursday, 08 May 2003

HE TIED the knot a second time while he was still married to his first wife. 

Then, while with Wife No 2, the 45-year-old Singaporean took a third wife in Malaysia. 

All this, Sim Eng Kwee claimed, because he wanted a son. 

And after the third union produced two sons and two daughters, he lied in his application to make them Singapore citizens. 

On Tuesday, Sim was jailed for five months. 

Sim's first wife, Chooi Mei Ling, had borne him a daughter, now 22.  

Their marriage lasted from 1980 to 1991.  

But he married his second wife, Yeo Kwee Eng, who could not conceive, in 1988. 

The most “fruitful affair” Sim had was with his third wife, Wai Poh Ann. 

This third marriage was registered in Malaysia in 1994. 

A district court heard on Tuesday that Sim, the only son in his family, had four children, aged between three and nine, with the Malaysian woman. 

Both Yeo and Wai never knew Sim was married while he was courting them. 

The second wife found out only after she married him. 

As for Wai, Sim admitted to her that he was married only after she was pregnant with his child in 1993 – before they got married the next year. 

But the law caught up with Sim's philandering ways after he made citizenship applications for his four children. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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