Man gives wife a RM50k bouquet

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  • Saturday, 19 Sep 2020

Say it with ringgit: Wan Ling (left) and Wan Chin preparing a romantic gift for a client by folding RM100 bills into roses at their shop in Skudai, Johor. — THOMAS YONG/The Star

JOHOR BARU: A man here loves his wife so much, he is willing to fork out over RM50,000 for a bouquet of “roses” made up of RM100 bills.

It took six people three days to fold 495 banknotes into 99 stalks of roses, said Liew Wan Ling, 25, who runs a florist shop with her sister, Wan Chin, 30, in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah in Skudai here.

The heart-shaped bouquet, about 1m in diameter and standing 1m high, weighs about 3kg, comes withfairy lights and a golden tiara.

The order was placed by a businessman in his 30s as a surprise birthday gift for his wife.

At first, Wan Ling thought it was a joke when they received an enquiry about the massive order.

“It only dawned on us that the customer was serious when we received the full payment of RM49,500 and RM3,000 in workmanship fees after he confirmed the order the following day.

“We had to make withdrawals across two days as the bank did not have enough RM100 bills.

“We were also questioned on the purpose of withdrawing such an amount, ” she said.

The sisters rushed to fulfil the order, meticulously folding each RM100 bill and then piecing five together to make each stalk of ‘rose’ look plump and lifelike.

With the help of three employees, they then wrapped the blooms with 75 sheets of coloured tissue paper before tying it with ribbons to complete the bouquet.

The man is not the only one surprising his loved one with gifts of “money-flowers”.

Such orders have increased by about 20%, mostly from couples kept apart by pandemic travel restrictions, according to Wan Chin.

Many men stranded in Singapore has turned to such gifts to express their love for their partners, she said.

“Apart from money bouquets, some also ordered flower boxes with RM50 or RM100 bills tucked within the compartments. Special orders were usually for anniversaries, birthdays or other special occasions.

“One order was from a customer who had missed the birth of his child while he was stuck in Singapore, ” she said.

Orders for the money-flowers range from a few thousand ringgit to more than RM10,000, with the latest bouquet being the most expensive.

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