By Koi Kye Leek
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - Ngo Thi Kim Thoa came to Malaysia looking for love and thought she found it when she was introduced to a businessman through a licensed matchmaking agency.
However, her dreams turned into a nightmare two weeks into her marriage when the 47-year-old man decided that his 22-year-old Vietnamese wife did not meet his expectations.
One of his grouses was the language barrier. Another was his wife's preference for traditional Vietnamese attire.
On March 30, the businessman returned Ngo to the agency.
He, however, held her passport and was seeking a refund of RM13,800 from the agency, the sum which he claimed to have paid for Ngo.
The agency turned to the MCA Public Services and Complaints Department for assistance.
Department head Datuk Michael Chong criticised the businessman's behaviour.
"These women are human beings, not merchandise that come with a money-back guarantee," he said at Wisma MCA yesterday.
Chong reminded the man that Ngo's passport belonged to the Vietnamese government.
He added the husband must help Ngo return to her homeland.
extracted from asiaone.com