TAWAU: Fifty-two couples had their marriages solemnised here late on Tuesday night, just 30 minutes before the state came under a 14-day movement control order.
Tawau branch of Sabah Islamic Religious Affairs Department officer Kahar Sundu said the marriages were conducted by six jurunikah (marriage officials) and the entire process was completed at 11.30pm at its office here.
“During the MCO, all matters relating to marriage are postponed, except for administrative work.
“So I asked the marriage officials to contact the couples and 90% of them accepted the offer and came for the solemnisation process, ” he said.
He said the couples were mostly under 30 and they were present at the office along with their wali (guardians).
One of the grooms, Muhamad Afif Afendi, 24, said his marriage with Nur Farahin Bahar, 25, was scheduled on Jan 23, but they were glad that the process had been eased and done on Tuesday night.
“We were frustrated at first when we learned that the ceremony has to be postponed due to the MCO, but when the department contacted us about this initiative, we were more than happy to do it, ” he said, adding that the wedding reception would be held after the MCO is lifted.
Jupidah Muhammad Zin, 27, and her spouse Muhammad Hafiz Sedding, 26, were also grateful to have had their marriage solemnised before the MCO, rather than to be postponed to an unknown date.
“With the advice from our families, we decided to go ahead with it even without proper preparations, ” she said. — Bernama.