“Prawn King” Umance Chong (锺宏绅) is back and is stirring more controversy. Previously, the Prawn King was dragged online for his supposedly poor management of his SuperM Wholesales Mart venture. Unfortunately, the ire has since extended to his tourism business, MF Travel.
According to news reports, MF Travel has bailed on several customers, leaving them floundering and demanding for something to be done. However, they aren’t the only ones suffering. As it turns out, local artist Amber Chia (谢丽萍) who had endorsed the brand, was also shortchanged!
Things first came to light when netizens complaints about MF Travel went viral. According to news reports, the company had informed customers that they were unable to find hotels for them. Regretfully, this was after they had all paid for the travel package. Needless to say, the customers weren’t happy.
Then yesterday (3rd October), Amber spoke up via her socials. The actress shared that many had approached her about the issue as she had previously endorsed the brand on her socials. “Actually, I don’t know (about this), because I am also one of the victims,” Amber claimed.
Amber explained that previously, she had been invited by MF Travel to help promote the platform. “The fee for the travel package was directly linked to the travel agency, so I could promote it confidently,” Amber stated. “I didn’t expect (it to have) so many problems.”
The model and actress then went on to apologise to the victims, adding that she would do her best to help. However, she added that she too had problems of her own. “Because I can’t contact (Umance), my guest fee has not been paid yet,” she said. “(I) hope things can be resolved soon.”
Amber isn’t the only once who has been implicated in this. Another local artist Ribbon Ooi (黄若熙) too has been dragged into the mess. Ribbon claimed she had participated in a planned-joint trip between MF Travel and another company. While she enjoyed it immensely and recommended the package to others, she too had not foreseen the problems popping up now.
According to his socials, Umance has not been active since August. As such, most are concerned their problems with MF Travel will not be solved any time soon. However, we sincerely hope, for the victims’ sakes, that this will not be the case.