TAWAU, Jan 10 – For Ijah, it was a sad case of love’s labour lost.
The civil servant’s dream for wedded bliss on Jan 13, was dashed when her ‘prince charming’ absconded with her RM15,000 in ‘wang hantaran’ (dowry).
The 33-year-old, who wanted to be identified only as ‘Ijah’, said the last time she saw the 35-year-old ‘suitor’ was in December last year, when they discussed the ‘big day’.
She said they met through a matchmaking website last August before exchanging phone numbers. The couple only came face-to-face for the first time on Dec 25.
Several days later, the man met her family to ask for her hand in marriage.
According to Ijah, the man borrowed RM15,000 from her to prepare for the wedding and put a deposit on a house which he had dubbed as their ‘matrimonial home’.
“He told me he was from Ayer Keroh, Melaka and taught at Sekolah Kebangsaan Desa Subur, Merotai. We usually met on weekends as he said he taught in the rural area,” she said here today.
The truth eventually dawned on Ijah when a check at the school revealed that the man was not teaching there.
A security guard employed by the school for the past 10 years, told the woman and her family that he did not know of any teacher who went by the name of the so-called groom-to-be.
Meanwhile, Tawau police chief ACP Awang Besar Dullah said the police were in the midst of tracking down the man. – Bernama