As much as we try to be careful, scams and frauds are very commonplace nowadays. In fact, a local businessman recently claimed he lost RM480,000 when he invested in a bar venture with a internet celebrity. The venture supposedly ended badly, with the bar closing after two months and his business partner leaving the country.
However, it seems the internet celebrity disagrees with his story. The influencer, Thomas Wong (黄小祥) spoke up yesterday (8th September) to explain his side of the story. Not only did he deny the accusation of defrauding the businessman, he claimed the businessman made false allegations against him.
The matter first came to light when the businessman, surnamed Wang (王钟福), spoke about it during a press conference. At the time, he claimed that Thomas had run to Vietnam after the business failed and opened a casino there. Wang also alleged that he had not received his money from the venture and was hoping the press conference would pressure Thomas into giving his original amount back.
But, Thomas staunchly argued otherwise. He admitted that Wang had invested RM480,000 in the business. However, after it failed, Wang had supposedly called him “a liar”, damaging his reputation. As such, Thomas is now demanding Wang to make a public apology.
Thomas added that he let a lot of things slide with Wang. He claimed that when their bar renovation ran over the budget, Wang didn’t pay more than agreed. And when Thomas bought their first batch of drinks for the bar, which cost more than RM100,000, Thomas covered the bill first as Wang claimed he was facing “hard times”.
“Not saying anything doesn’t mean we are afraid,” Thomas reportedly said. “We were good friends, but after the business failed, you (tried) to claim that I lied!” He also proved that he was still in Malaysia by going outside. He showed the area displaying Malaysia’s flag and claimed he was in Rawang.
Thomas added that he has contacted his lawyer regarding the case and is currently waiting on him. However, he explicitly stated that he will be asking Wang for compensation for the issue. The businessman has not responded publicly.
Well, this is certainly a messy partnership, made even messier thanks to money being involved. But, hopefully, the duo manage to sort it out soon. Watch his video here: