YAN: Three couples were the centre of attention during a community programme here where they held a multi-racial 1Malaysia wedding in traditional attire.
Scores of people gathered to take pictures with the couples, who were resplendently dressed in traditional Malay, Chinese and Indian costumes.
Their wedding ceremony was witnessed by Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim along with more than 2,000 villagers.
Their family members, who were invited to the programme, were treated to a sumptuous lunch yesterday.
Azizi Yusof, 31, and his wife Fadzilah Md Saad, 32, from Gurun, were all smiles in their matching purple attire that was sponsored by the organiser of the Kedah 1Malaysia Kasih Sayang Community Carnival at the Gua Chempedak multi-purpose hall.
Their marriage was solemnised on Oct 24.
The other couples were M. Shankaran, 24, and his wife G. Punisha, 23, both from Bedong, who were married on Oct 27, and Lim Chin Keak, 22, and his fiancee Joane Ching Khai Juen, 22, both also from Gurun. The Chinese couple will register their marriage today in Sungai Petani.
An elated Fadzilah, a clerk, said she and Azizi had yet to hold a kenduri.
“So, we consider our invitation to this event a blessing as our close family members were also invited for a luncheon,” she said.
Lim, a trader, said it was a pleasant experience to participate in the “1Malaysia wedding ceremony” along with the other two couples.
Nurse Punisha said she was only informed about the invitation a day earlier.
“We wouldn't miss the opportunity to celebrate our marriage with more people that would allow them to better understand our culture,” she said.
During the programme, Dr Rais said the Federal Government was mindful of the needs of the people, adding that more than 21,700 people from the Yan district had received about RM10.9mil under the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) allocation this year.
A total of 27,892 students had also received the RM100 schooling aid while 445 fishermen were given RM200 to help them cope with the rising cost of living, he said. - theStarOnline