Tuesday January 8, 2013
Runaway groom leaves bride’s family red-faced
OTHER NEWS & VIEWS
Compiled by TERENCE TOH, WINNIE YEOH and A. RAMAN
A GROOM-to-be from Bukit Mer-tajam left his bride and her family red-faced when he failed to show up for their wedding, Nanyang Siang Pau reported.
News of the “runaway groom” spread like wildfire and quickly became the talk of the small town.
The wedding was supposed to take place on Sunday morning but the man, aged about 30, only showed up at the bride's house that afternoon, clad in just a T-shirt and a pair of shorts.
A chef of a catering service, who was hired to handle three wedding banquets for the couple including a 180-table dinner on Sunday, said he could not even collect the RM20,000 for the wedding eve buffet dinner held at the bride's home.
When the chef went to the bride's house to meet the groom for payment, the groom reportedly took out his wallet and said: “All I have is RM35, and I also owe the bank four months' instalment for my car.”
A relative of the bride said they were suspicious of the groom when none of his family members or friends showed up for the dinner on Saturday.
> China Press reported that a 21-year-old youth from Kuantan was beaten up and punched by a road bully after he stared at the latter.
The incident allegedly happened at about 3am on Sunday at a traffic light junction in Jalan Tanah Putih when Ooi Eng Keong and his 22-year-old cousin were on their way home after a movie.
It was reported that Ooi was looking at the traffic lights for it to turn green, and had looked in the direction of the road bully, whose car was parked on his right.
The road bully immediately alighted from his car with a wooden rod and started to hit Ooi as his window was down.
Ooi suffered serious eye injuries, a broken nose and bruises on his right arm.
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