Can you still remember the controversial Daphne Iking scandal, about the two men and her baby story?
If not, then read on…
When you mention the name Dahlia Abdullah, it doesn’t ring a bell to most Malaysians.
But when you say Daphne Eleanor Iking, it would definitely elicit cheeky sniggers or loud roaring laughter among Malaysians.
Well, it’s not because Daphne is a funny lass from Sabah (though she had attempted standup comedy once).
Those who follow Malaysian celebrity gossips will have seen Daphne and Chong’s wedding in Bali back in 2007.
It was featured on the cover of Malaysia edition of Hello! Magazine with the title “Daphne Iking Has Her Dream Bali wedding“.
Daphne Iking Scandal
She was embroiled in the scandalous and also amusing enticement case between her then-husband Ryan Chong Yiing Yih and the dashing Darren Choy Khin Ming.
Daphne is the reason which got her former husband, Ryan Chong Yiing Yih to file a private summons against corporate figure Darren Choy Khin Ming, under Section 498 of the Penal Code for “enticing or taking away or detaining with a criminal intent a married woman”.
Daphne Iking Affair
During the court trail in 2010, Chong told the Magistrates Court that he saw Darren Choy kissing Iking on the cheek, at the Arrival Hall of the KL International Airport (KLIA) in 2008.
It was three hours later, Chong said he sought an explanation from them. However, they denied having an affair.
Daphne Iking ex-husband Chong filed a case against Darren Choy for seducing Iking with the intention of having sexual intercourse with her at Plaza Condominium, Jalan Wan Kadir, Taman Tun Dr Ismail in Kuala Lumpur, between July 2007 and September 2008.
Chong also told the court that he had found many e-mail correspondence between Choy and Iking on her computer.
During the court proceedings, Chong admitted that he had a relationship with Serena, a guest relations officer (GRO) he met in Shanghai, China.
Ultimately, Darren Choy Khin Ming was acquitted Monday of enticing Daphne Iking, after he agreed to apologize to her ex-husband for causing him embarrassment over the affair.
Chong said he had no regret in pursuing the case.
Interestingly, Daphne Iking said that she has nothing to DO with the controversial enticement case.
To quote from a local daily, the Malay Mail:
This is not my case. It’s funny, my name is associated with the case, but I have got nothing to DO with it and therefore I will not be present at any of the hearings
I know many of you kei-poh (nosy parkers) Malaysians would say it was the private “DOINGS” which erupted into a public scandal.
Then of course, the fun or rather the embarrassing part was the question of who is the biological father of the innocent baby girl Isobel Daniella.
Isobel Daniella Father?
As you have already known, both men said that they are NOT the biological father of Daphne’s child Isobel Daniella.
So, the unanswered question is: Who is Isobel Iking father?
Who is the father of Isobel Daniella?
Ultimately, the whole scandalous saga reached an out-of-court settlement, which involved a public apology by Darren Choy to Ryan Chong.
It was reported in The Star, Chong found out Isobel Daniella Iking is not his daughter through reading emails (67 pages) between Daphne and Darren.
In some of the emails there were mentions about the identity of the baby’s father. Darren wrote “it is mine”.
And Daphne wrote “don’t tell my friends that it might be yours”.
So Chong got suspicious and he took the baby to a pathologist without Daphne’s knowledge and did a DNA test on her.
He said he cried for days after finding out he is not the biological father of Isobel Daniella.
Daphne Iking divorced and has moved on.
Interestingly, on 25th September 2014 , she published a post in her Facebook account that reads: “I wonder how my letter to my ex-husband would read. LOL.”.
She added a link to the letter written by a Huffpost contributor, Michael Cheshire addressing to his ex-wife.
Anyway, Daphne Iking masuk Islam (converted to Muslim) and changed her name to Daphne is Dahlia Abdullah.
Presently she is happily married to a Malay businessman Azmi Abdul Rahman, aka Joe.
Now baby Isobel has a father or rather a step-father to call her own.
Chong Versus Choy
Interestingly, Daphne or Dahlia Eleanor Iking said that the whole entertaining enticement case was amusing and has nothing to “DO” with her.
In a way, it’s true.
It is between the two Chinese Malaysian men, Chong and Choy.
She just got “caught in between” the men and her baby!
As some called the who this exciting saga as: “Two Men And Daphne’s Baby”.
To sum up this Daphne Iking scandal, in 2007, Daphne Iking married Chong, divorced in 2009, and wedded again with a Muslim man in 2010.