Home > News > Community
Wednesday September 11, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday September 11, 2013 MYT 10:04:43 AM
by sarban singh
Muhammad Yaakob and Amira sitting in a ‘vessel’ made out of bamboo prior to a bridal procession. Also present are (from left) the groom’s father Rogers, brother James and mother Fox as well as Mohamad Hasan (third from right) and Salbiah (on Mohamad’s right).
AMIRA Mohamad, the eldest daughter of Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, married Australian Muhammad Yaacob Timothy Rogers in a ceremony steeped in colourful Malay tradition and customs recently.
The 28-year-old-bride and her 30-year-old groom, who looked resplendent in traditional Malay costumes, were all smiles as they happily performed and took part in the malam berinai, berarak lilin and silat sembah pengantin customs at the bride’s ancestral family home in Kampung Tanjung in Rantau.
They were eventually paraded in a beautifully decorated “vessel” by villagers with live traditional music by a troupe.
Muhammad Yaakob, who looked dapper in his traditional Malay attire, was more than comfortable with the Malay customs and traditions, describing it as a “beautiful, lifetime experience”.
Joining Mohamad and his wife Raja Datin Seri Salbiah Tengku Nujummuddin in celebrating Amira and Muhammad Yaakob’s big day were the groom’s parents, Richard David Rogers and Vivien Fay Fox, and younger brother, James.
The Rogers’ were also seen clad in traditional Malay attire throughout the ceremony, with James in the role of bestman.
Several of the groom’s relatives also made the trip from Australia.
Fox, who said she was most honoured to have been part of the ceremony, said it was the first time she had witnessed such a unique wedding.
“It is so much fun to see the entire community participating and helping out in the wedding ceremony. Also, to see your children being treated like a king and a queen makes you feel proud and special,” she said.
Amira said she was introduced to her husband by mutual friends while working in Melbourne.
“We were both in the fashion industry, as I was involved in the women’s accessory business. Muhammad Yaakob, meanwhile, worked for an independent Australian retailer that imports high-quality accessories from Europe and the United States,” she said.
Amira has a degree in fashion merchandising from a university in Melbourne.
The marriage was solemnised at the official residence of the Mentri Besar several days earlier, followed by a reception at the Klana Resort the same night.
Among those who attended the dinner were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman as well as several Cabinet ministers.
The VVIPS also took the opportunity to perform the menepung tawar ceremony to bless the newly-weds.
Mohamad expressed his gratitude to wellwishers whose attendance made the event a lot more meaningful.
“I am grateful to all those who took the trouble to attend our daughter’s wedding. We are also grateful to the Almighty as everything went on smoothly and as planned,” said Mohammad, who has four other children.
Mohamad also thanked the villagers of Kampung Tanjung for participating in the kayu berakar olek gogang ceremony — where food for the celebration is prepared in a gotong-royong manner.
Among the dishes they helped cook were rendang, Gulai Daging Masak Lomang Cili Padi, sup tulang, paceri nenas and lemang.
Mohamad also hoped that his Australian guests had developed a better understanding of the Malay culture and traditions following the wedding.
The Aussies were also seen having a good time throughout the three-day ceremony, where they joined the locals in traditional dances and also learned the finer points of Malay culture.
Tags / Keywords:
Central Region, Family & Community, Amira Mohamad, Negri Sembilan MB Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, wedding, Australian
Copyright © 1995-2013 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)