14 Feb '12, 8am
MOVE over, Vietnam brides. Here come the Myanmar maidens. Aged between 20 and 35, they are ethnic Chinese who can speak Mandarin and cook Chinese meals. So they would find it easier to adapt to life in Singapore, said Mr Mark Lin of Vietnam Brides International, who's offering his customers a wider choice of brides. Mr Lin, who had specialised in Vietnam brides since 2003, said: 'I have to teach Vietnamese girls Mandarin if they don't speak it. But these Myanmar women are already fluent in the language.' He said the women are keen to marry Singaporean men because they want better lives outside Myanmar, which has been under military rule since 1988. While agencies offering Vietnamese brides charge between $6,000 and $8,000, Mr Lin charges $8,800 for Myanmar brides. Mr Lin saw a business opportunity after a Taiwanese friend asked him to obtain solemnisation dates and visas f...