With bridal shops closed, Malaysian bride-to-be turns to Facebook to borrow wedding gown

Dr Ting (left) will be marrying businessman Derek Chia at Kuala Lumpur’s Church of The Sacred Heart of Jesus on Sept 18. Photo: Dr Valerie Ting

Dr Valerie Ting's wedding is just around the corner, but she has one big problem – she cannot get her dress fitting done as bridal shops in the Klang Valley are still closed during Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan.

In desperation, the 32-year-old turned to Facebook.

On Aug 27, the Kuala Lumpur-based medical officer posted a message on the Beli Nothing Project Klang Valley (BNPKV) group, asking netizens for help for a conservative, white wedding gown.

"Fingers crossed (the bridal shops) will open before my wedding, but I am looking for a backup to ease my anxiety. If you happen to have one wedding gown (size M) that covers the shoulder and back (church rules), please allow me to borrow it for just one day? Will dry clean and return it to you," posted Dr Ting, who is from Cheras.Many netizens showed their concern and support for Dr Ting who is in search of a spare wedding gown. Photo: Beli Nothing Project Klang Valley/FacebookMany netizens showed their concern and support for Dr Ting who is in search of a spare wedding gown. Photo: Beli Nothing Project Klang Valley/Facebook

In two days, over 10 netizens responded to her, offering to lend her their wedding gown. A few women posted photos of their beautiful dresses, which they had used for their own weddings.

Jasz Leyla HL said: “I have two but both are strapless. If you have a white lace cover-up, I'm happy to lend you either one, or both.”

Melanie Kang wrote: “Oh my gosh, I was waiting for an opportunity to post (in the group). I have two, if they're your cup of tea. Just pass it on after.”

Dr Ting feels very grateful for their support and encouragement.

"They have been so patient with my request and were willing to take photos and measurements to ensure I have the right dress for my big day. Some of them even personally comforted me, knowing my stress," said Dr Ting, whose church wedding to businessman Derek Chia is scheduled to take place on Sept 18 at Kuala Lumpur’s Church of The Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Dr Ting joined the BNPKV group over four years ago.

"I know there are many good-hearted people in this group. Many ISO (In Search Of) items have been fulfilled.

"My preference is still the bridal shop as the choices are wider, so I haven't borrowed any dress from anybody. But I feel so touched that people have been messaging me continuously to lend a helping hand," she said.

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