Hundreds tie knot on a day of romance


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 15 Feb 2004

IPOH: It was barely four months ago when they met but it was a whirlwind romance for 47-year-old businessman Chong Fok Nin and 31-year-old tuition teacher Liew Pek Yin. 

The pair, who came to know each other last October, tied the knot alongside 22 other couples in an annual mass Valentine’s Day wedding at the Ipoh Chinese Chin Woo Athletics Association here yesterday. 

“Talk about marriage just came naturally as our relationship progressed. 

“We thought why not since we have a good relationship,” said Liew. 

Taking their vows on Valentine's Day.

On why they had chosen to get married on that particular date, Chong said it was their first Valentine’s Day together. 

The two will be holding a traditional Chinese wedding at the end of the year. 

Contractor Mak Fook Seng, whose birthday falls on Valentine's Day, had also decided to tie the knot with Leong Sook Kuan, 31. 

“From today onwards, Feb 14 will be a double celebration for us,” said Mak, 32, who had known his wife since they were teenagers. 

The couple, who started dating after Mak returned from England in 1996, will be having a traditional Chinese wedding next month. 

In Penang, it was a triple dose of joy for Amanda Geh, 28, when she got married on her birthday on Valentine’s Day yesterday.  

Born in 1976 on Feb 14, the senior sales executive said it had always been her childhood dream to tie the knot on her birthday.  

“Besides expressing our love for each other along with lovebirds all around the world, my husband James and I are also celebrating the dawn of a new life together,” she said, adding that her husband had romantically proposed through an email last November. 

Her husband James Khoo, 32, said it was love at first sight when he saw Geh at a friend’s dinner party in 2001.  

“I knew instantly that she was the one for me,” he said.  

Geh said they had chosen to wed with a “bouquet of pink teddy bears” as flowers would wither.  

“The bears will remind us and our generations to come of our special day,” she said.  

The newly-weds were among 66 couples who tied the knot at a mass Valantine's Day wedding ceremony at the Che Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society building in Macalister Road.  

After taking their marriage vows and signing the marriage certificates, the couples were treated to a bridal fashion show featuring a host of stunning wedding dresses and evening gowns.  

Over at the Penang Chinese Town Hall, a total of 42 couples registered their marriages yesterday.  

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