Wife may act against ‘divorce via print’


  • Letters
  • Saturday, 22 Feb 2003

From the Chinese Press

A FISHMONGER, who put a notice in the Chinese newspapers that he had divorced his wife, had been told to settle the matrimonial problem with his spouse or face the legal consequence. 

MCA public service and complaint bureau chief Michael Chong said the fishmonger and his wife were married under Chinese customs without being registered, so the fishmonger could not regain his bachelorhood by declaring through newspapers that he had divorced his wife.  

According to Sin Chew Daily, Cheah Miaw Ling, 29, brought the case of her failed marriage to Chong, saying that her husband (who was not identified) put up a notice in the Chinese press on Jan 24 stating their marriage had been dissolved and their relationship severed. 

Cheah said she was married to the man on Dec 16, 2001 according to Chinese rites, with a wedding party. She claimed she constantly reminded her husband about registering their marriage but he said he was too busy to do so. 

She told Chong that when her relationship with her in-laws later became strained, they took her to see a medium. 

“After the visit to the medium, my husband’s attitude towards me changed drastically and he ordered me to leave our matrimonial home within 10 days, which I did,” Cheah said, adding that her husband later advertised in the press about the so-called divorce on the grounds that they could not see eye to eye. 

Nanyang Siang Pau quoted Chong as saying that his department had decided to take up the case for Cheah.  

On another matter, China Press reported that MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting wanted all speculations on the party's candidates for the next general election to stop. 

He was quoted as saying that such premature discussions could only complicate the issue and do no good to MCA and Barisan Nasional. 

“As a matter of tradition, the top Barisan leadership will have the final say on the candidates from the component parties,” Ong said. 

Nanyang Siang Pau reported that lorry companies had been told to think twice before they decide to increase their charges. 

In an interview with the paper, Parliamentary Secretary to the Transport Ministry, Datuk Donald Lim, said that it was more important for the operators to improve their management skills to meet the challenges of the industry. 

According to the daily, lorry transport operators were pressing for higher charges following the price hike of industrial diesel.  

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