FURIOUS with his wife for wiping out his life savings of S$100,000 (RM230,000) and then walking out on him, a 58-year-old man decided to shame the Chinese woman in public.
Tan, a former odd-job worker, put up five posters on community billboards near the Clementi, Outram Park and Commonwealth MRT stations last Monday, asking people not to be taken in by his wicked wife, who is good at sweet talk.
The posters include a photograph of the 49-year-old woman. Her full name, address in China and passport number are also listed.
Although the posters have been taken down, he is not bothered.
It's okay, I can put up more, he said during an interview at his two-room rental flat near Havelock Road.
Tan, whom we cannot name in full for legal reasons, said he has not seen his wife since she packed up and left in January, leaving him with just S$1,000 (RM2,300) in their joint bank account.
She has disconnected her mobile phone line. In his efforts to locate her, he has tried asking her niece, her friends in Singapore and her relatives in China, but no one knows where she is.
When asked why he hasn't made a missing persons report, he said: It's no use! She's bent on hiding from everyone.
He wasn't always so bitter.
Tan, who has a son and a daughter from a previous marriage, said he met the woman in 1999 at a bus stop in Ghim Moh. She was jogging and he was on his way to work.
Days after they met, he took her home to see his bedridden mother, and she offered to take care of the elderly woman while he was at work.
Soon, she suggested getting married, but he made her promise him three things first.
I told her, if you want to marry me, you must stick with me through thick and thin, you cannot cheat me of my money, and you have to help look after my mother, he said.
About a month after they had met, they got married. The Straits Times/Asia News Network
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