Malaysian man seeks help in tracking down Vietnamese wife, son

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A Malaysian man has asked authorities to help him find his Vietnamese wife and son who traveled to Vietnam last month and did not return.

Lim B, a 38-year-old truck driver, said his wife of three years took their two-year-old son back to her hometown near Ho Chi Minh City on June 14 to attend a food festival.

His family was supposed to return on July 13, but she called him the next day saying she had no plans to come back, according to a story which appeared in The Star on Thursday.

Lim said he's worried about the safety of his wife and son and wants them to return.

"Our marriage was a happy one, we never quarreled. I love her so much ... I fell in love with her the moment I saw her in 2009," he said as speaking with officials at the Malaysian Chinese Association Public Services and Complaints Department in Kuala Lumpur, according to the paper.

"Now, she doesn't want to return. She also told me not to contact her any more. Worse, she did not even tell me the reason for her refusal to come home."

Their marriage was arranged through a matchmaker, he said.

Lim said his wife had asked for money while she was in Vietnam, supposedly to pay for their son's medical expenses. He did not state the specific sum.

Datuk Seri Michael Chong, head of the department, said he had contacted the matchmaker but did not receive much help.

"We will also inform the Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia regarding the matter," he said.

The department since last year has been informed of ten similar cases in which Vietnamese wives of Malaysians returned home, "taking along their children who are Malaysian citizens," Chong told The Star.

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