split decision

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 September, 1997, 12:00am

IT IS upsetting enough to be dumped by your husband, but to be dumped without knowing about it is adding insult to injury. The Oriental Daily reports that a senior Shenzhen cadre persuaded his wife's sister to impersonate his wife of 15 years in court to obtain a divorce. The man, who was having an affair with a younger woman, talked his sister-in-law into playing along by promising to give her son a good job.

Unaware she was no longer married, the cadre's ex-wife continued to make soup for him which their daughter would take to his workplace. The wife was devastated to hear of her divorce from her father-in-law and has filed a complaint with the government about her former husband's fraudulent behaviour and abuse of power.

debt of honour A FARMER in Hunan province recently made a fortune out of an IOU note issued by the Red Army 63 years ago. According to Ming Pao, the 57-year-old peasant found a rusty box in the wall of his ancestral house when pulling it down recently. Inside was a receipt given to his grandfather for a loan he made the Red Army during the 12,000 kilometre Long March in the 1930s. The government of Rucheng county honoured the receipt and paid the farmer $15,000.

faking it FRAUD cases are increasing in Beijing, according to Ming Pao. Last month, a housewife there was approached by a man claiming to be Taiwanese who said he urgently needed to sell a piece of jade to send his father to hospital. The kind-hearted woman paid several thousand dollars for what later turned out to be a pebble.

And it's not just housewives who are falling victim to swindlers, businessmen have also been conned. One business executive recently received a call from a 'construction worker' who claimed he had dug up Ming Dynasty gold Buddha figures and coins. As authenticating evidence, he also produced a forged antique 'will'. The businessman paid $60,000 for the 'treasures' which, of course, turned out to be fakes.

the sting Hong Kong housewife Mrs Leung turned out to be a lot smarter than the men who tried to swindle her in Tsuen Wan. She was approached in the street by two men who offered her pink, cancer-killing pills at $500 each.

Realising the men might be swindlers, she decided to take action. According to Apple Daily, she pretended she was interested and led the pair to a nearby bank on the pretext of drawing some money to pay for the pills. She signalled the bank tellers to call the police and the conmen, both illegal immigrants, were detained.

early developers GUANGZHOU doctors are no longer surprised to see one-year-old babies with breasts, three-year-old girls who have begun menstruating, and five-year-old boys with moustaches.

Tin Tin Daily reports that mainland kids are reaching puberty earlier as a result of hormone-laden nutritional supplements and herbal medicines. To make their only child grow stronger, many parents are apparently feeding them excessive amounts of such supplements without realising they contain the hormones. Some parents are so embarrassed by their pubescent toddlers that they go to quack doctors for help.

One 'doctor' in Guangdong's Shunde county mistook the premature breasts of a young girl for cancerous growths and cut them off.