KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Sixty one newlywed couples from the underprivileged group were celebrated in a mass wedding ceremony by Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) at Dataran Merdeka yesterday.
MAIWP Chief Executive Officer Datuk Abdul Aziz Jusoh said the couples also received a complete set of wedding attire and lodging for their family as well as RM1,000 and wedding assistance from Baitumal MAIWP.
“This year, 325 couples received wedding assistance of between RM2,000 and RM3,000 involving RM714,000.
“Today’s event helps the newlyweds to experience the joy and excitement of having a wedding as well as to encourage the public to get married legally as well as to stay away from an unhealthy lifestyle,” he said.
The ceremony was held in collaboration with Batu Charity and Volunteers Association (PASB), Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (JAWI), Ministry of Communications and Multimedia and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
About 10,000 guests attended the event, which began with a solemnisation of one of the couples, Muhammad Rizuan Osman and Nursyareza Mansor, followed by a parade by all the newlyweds accompanied by the sound of kompang.
Muhammad Rizuan said he and his family were grateful to MAIWP’s initiative that helped him reduce the cost of marriage as well as creating a meaningful memory as a participant in the mass wedding ceremony.
Among the participants are a new convert couple, Muhammad Haris Abdullah and wife, Mira Abdullah who are both orphans.
They were thankful to MAIWP for realising their dream to have a complete wedding ceremony.