Salon worker seeks maintenance for her sick daughter
Divorcee Wong Chen Ping struggled for years to make ends meet to raise an 11-year-old daughter who is partially blind and suffers from fits.
Her other daughter, now 14, lives with her ex-husband but Wong does not know where they are staying.
Wong alleged that the man, a hawker in Kajang who took custody of elder daughter Tan Sook Kuan after their split in 1999, deliberately changed his contact number in 2002 to avoid her calls.
The beauty salon helper, 34, claimed she has also not received any money from her former husband although the court had ordered him to pay RM800 in maintenance every month for her and sick child Yi Jing.
“She is partially blind and needs to go for monthly medical checks for epilepsy.
“Sometimes, she has to be hospitalised because of the fits,” Wong, who works in Sri Kembangan, told reporters at a press conference called by MCA Public Complaints and Services Department head Datuk Michael Chong here yesterday.
She said her younger daughter also has learning difficulties and goes to a special school.
Chong said: “I am tired of hearing of too many men neglecting their responsibilities.”
His department handled 158 cases of domestic violence that led to divorce last year and 12 cases have been reported so far this month, he said.
Chong said in 40 cases, husbands defaulted on maintenance payment.
He appealed to Wong’s ex-husband and others in a similar situation to come forward to fulfil their responsibility to their estranged families.
He urged “Tan”, referring to Wong’s ex-husband, or anyone who might know the man, to call him at 03-2161 5678 to resolve the issue.
“In the event that he still does not come forward, we will publish his name,” said Chong.