91 couples tie the knot

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  • Saturday, 15 Feb 2003

KLANG: Ninety-one men did more than just seal their love for their sweethearts with a kiss on Valentine’s Day yesterday, they whisked them to the Klang Hokkien Association here and said “I do” for life. 

The couples certainly will have a Valentine’s Day to remember. Those who put some thought into the occasion came decked in coats and matching gowns, with the women smiling radiantly and holding bouquets of flowers close to their hearts. 

The couples were also given some advice by assistant registrar Lee York Shoo who said that marriage needed much tender loving care to survive. 

TOGETHER IN LOVE:The couples posing for a group photograph after sealing their love with "I do" for life at the Klang Hokkien Association in Klang yesterday.

“Do not expect your spouse to read what is on your mind without expressing your thoughts. 

“Marriage is not like the romantic stories in fairy tales. Make communication clear to avoid misunderstanding and unnecessary arguments,” he said. 

Lee said spouses should also learn to tolerate and be forgiving of each other’s trespasses as sharing one’s life with another was bound to be a bumpy affair. 

He said husband and wife should show mutual respect because modern couples tend to be of equal standing in various aspects of life, such as in education and career. 

“However, some things do not change. Husbands are still viewed as the main family provider and should protect the family from harm,” he said. 

Also getting married on the day was The Star's business reporter Hong Boon How, who is also the National Union of Journalist secretary-general. 

His marriage to Pearly Tan, in her late 20s, came as a surprise to many of his colleagues as Hong had kept his love life a quiet affair. 

“I met my wife in 1999. I was covering an assignment at the company she worked for,'' said Hong. 

“It was love at first sight when I saw this sweet and gentle woman.” 

Tan, from Bidor, Perak, also expressed similar affections for Hong, 35, saying she found her husband to be caring and sensitive and had swept her off her feet after a few dates. 

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