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Published: Sunday January 19, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday January 19, 2014 MYT 2:31:48 PM

Good year to tie the knot

Greater responsibility: So showing his certificate of appointment.

Greater responsibility: So showing his certificate of appointment.

SIBU: The year of the Wood Horse, which falls on Jan 31 according to the Chinese calendar, is expected to be a good year for marriage.

Newly appointed assistant registrar of marriage for the Sibu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI), So Teck Kee said since his appointment on Jan 7, he had so far helped manage five registrations.

”Another six couples have also made appointments with me,” he told The Star here.

Asked on why people think this year would the most auspicious for marriage, he said: “As a registrar of marriage, we are not suppose to reveal the reason as it is up to the people to decide when they want to tie the knot. But generally, (I believe) it is a good year.”

Recently local geomancer cum astrologer, Tian Bai Yuan, said the year of the Wood Horse should be a good one for businesses and weddings, as well as being a good season to bear children.

“The two eyes of the horse will bring good tidings to the people as it is akin to (the rays of) two bright suns showering prosperity.”

According to So, whenever couple comes to see the registrar, the latter would also brief the newlyweds-to-be on their responsibilities post-wedding and how to make their marriage last.

“After that, we will then submit their registration with the National Registration Department.

“When that is done, we will put up the successful registrations on our website www.sccci.org.my,” he said.

Due to the increasing workload, So said SCCCI decided to appoint him as an additional person to help marriage registrar Tiong Chung Sing handling its marriage registration desk.

“Sometimes in a day, 10 couples will come to register. With two people manning the desk now, we can function faster and more efficiently,” he said.

Over the past three years, SCCCI has helped to register more than 300 marriages.

The registrar office is open Mondays to Saturdays during office hours, except half day on Saturdays.

So recently received the certificate of appointment from assistant registrar of Department National Registration, Foo Yan Kong.

Apart form his role as assistant registrar of marriage at SCCCI, his other hats include being chief executive officer cum managing director of Shyang Leong Enterprise Development Sdn Bhd and a councillor at Sibu Municipal Council, as well as chairmanships at Sibu Hospital’s Psychiatric Ward Visitors Board, Teku Neighbourhood Committee and Community 1Malaysia Pelawan.

The 58-year-old has been an active social worker with SCCCI for 24 years.

Tags / Keywords: East Malaysia, Family & Community, marriage

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