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Published: Friday February 15, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday April 17, 2013 MYT 12:01:56 PM

Doctor cornered in Penang Hospital car park on V-day

GEORGE TOWN: Hospitals? Car parks? They might not be the most romantic of places but for Dr S. Swarna, sweet memories are made there.

On Valentine's Day yesterday, her engineer boyfriend N.G. Senthelnathan, 28, popped the question at the Penang Hospital car park by holding up a pink placard with stickers of cupid, hearts and the words “Will you marry me Dr Swarna?”

Dr Swarna, 26, is doing her housemanship at the hospital and the couple have known each other for five years.

Looking nervous, Senthelnathan broke into a huge grin after Dr Swarna said “yes” and accepted a bouquet of roses from him.

He had earlier called Dr Swarna to meet him at the car park, claiming that there was an emergency and he needed to see her.

“I'm shocked. I did not expect a proposal although we had talked about our marriage registration in a few months' time,” said Dr Swarna.

Senthelnathan said they had communicated via handphones and Internet during the first year of their relationship.

“I was in Manchester, England, while she was studying in Medan, Indonesia. We finally met up at a shopping mall in Bayan Baru on June 28, 2008, and the rest, as they say, is history,” he said.

Senthelnathan, who is also the state MIC information officer, said that he returned to Malaysia in 2008 while Dr Swarna continued her studies in Indonesia until last year.

“The long-distance relationship strengthened our bond and we knew that we had found a soul mate in each other although we used to argue. We had our ups and downs,” he said.

He said that he chose to propose to Dr Swarna at the hospital car park as she loved her job and he wanted it to be a meaningful and memorable proposal for her.

The couple is expected to register their marriage later this year and hold their wedding ceremony next year.

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