London court grants divorce to former beauty queen

By D Kanyakumari

PETALING JAYA: A London court has granted a preliminary divorce decree to former Miss Malaysia Pauline Chai (pic), which entails that she will be entitled to half her billionaire husband’s Tan Sri Khoo Kay Peng’s RM2.8bil fortune once the marriage is officially dissolved.

British portal MailOnline reported that this entailed that Chai would be entitled to half of Khoo’s RM2.8bil fortune.

Judge Stephen Alderson, who heard the case, granted the decree nisi at the Central Family Court in London on Thursday.

A decree nisi does not terminate the marriage, and six weeks have to pass before an application can be made for a decree absolute, the legal document which officially ends a marriage.

The couple have been in dispute over the divorce for almost three years and have since spent a total of RM33.1mil in legal fees alone.

Khoo and Pauline were married for 43 years when Chai filed a divorce in Britain on Feb 14, 2013.

Chai had also requested for her case to be heard in Britain as the matrimonial settlement would be much smaller if the case was heard in Malaysia.

The Court of Appeal, which initially decided that the case could not be heard in Britain, later allowed it. – The Star Online

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