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scenario arises where the bride is not allowed to
return to Singapore unless the groom pays an
additional fee which is not initially agreed upon.
Thirdly, a groom who is charged a lower rate may
end up paying more than he bargained for. The
bride may bring with her a huge amount of debts
incurred due to the difference in pricing. The bride
will repay the debt by installments to the agency
without the husband’s knowledge, in fear that her
family might be harassed by hooligans back in
Prerequisites are sub-divided into two main
categories; that for the grooms and the other for the
brides. Upon investigating further on what the
agency requires of the potential groom, the criteria
varied from agency to agency, accentuating the grey
areas of the trade.
Some agencies expressed that the salary of the
groom should be verified to ensure that he is
capable of supporting his new family and to check
the veracity of his income declaration, a client is
required to produce his income slip or CPF
statement as proof of his financial capacity. Mr.
Cupid, Lifepartner and Yuan Fen are strong
supporters of this practice. However, agencies such
as VBride and C & V mentioned that clients who
approach them would usually be ready to settle
down and set up families. Hence, they do not
practice such checks. This gives the impression that
brides are sometimes treated as commodities that
could be possessed by anyone willing and able to
pay the price quoted.
Issues such as the ability to consummate the
marriage and the underlying intentions to marry also
surfaced. Some agencies expound that the client’s
ability to consummate his marriage can sometimes
be inextricably linked to his motive behind seeking a
marriage partner via the agency. While some men,
including homosexuals, mental patients and even
sickly people, marry simply for the sake of marrying,
others hop onto the bandwagon for mistresses or
even sex slaves. Some were even compelled to
marry due to a will that their parents set for them; if
they do not marry, they would not inherit the family’s
wealth and fortunes. Despite being aware of these
intentions, some agencies are still willing to accept
such clients. Through the various interviews, it is
gathered that Mr. Cupid and Lifepartner conduct
thorough checks through questionnaires and
detailed face-to-face interviews. They turn down clients who are deemed as unfit or unsuitable. However,
all agencies do not require updated medical reports
from these men, putting the foreign marriage
candidates at risk of contracting sexually transmitted
disease from the men who would be their life partners.
This is because agencies view that it is unreasonable
for their paying clients to undergo such checks.
Men turning up at such agencies, request their
brides to be young virgins with good health. However,
are ‘virgins’ real virgins? As mentioned by Janson Ong*,
owner of Lifepartner Agency, some brides acquir...
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This document was uploaded on 01/14/2014.
- Winter '14