Big mass wedding on a romantic date after two years

JOHOR BARU: After postponing their wedding for two years, Teo Ruey Yang and Lai Kim Mei finally exchanged vows in front of their loved ones on a romantic date.

They were among 47 couples who wed on May 20 or “520” for short, a namesake adapted from “wo ai ni” (I love you) in Mandarin.

It was the first mass wedding celebration in Wisma Tiong Hua here after a two-year hiatus.

Teo and Lai, who have known each other for more than seven years, said they were happy that this day had finally arrived despite the long wait due to Covid-19.

“We wanted to get married in 2020 but had to postpone it due to movement restrictions and also because we both work in Singapore.

“At one point, we even considered getting married in Singapore, but our families couldn’t be there because the border was still closed.

“I’m glad we waited for the border to reopen. Now we can share our special day with our families here,” said Teo, 32, a logistics officer.

Lai’s cousin Ong Zhang, 31, and partner Tang Sin Waiy, 29, were also there to seal their union.

“I didn’t know that my cousin was also getting married on the same day. What a happy coincidence!

“My fiancée and I chose May 20 because it’s a special and romantic date,” Ong said.

The engineer added that he too had postponed his marriage to Tang, a domestic worker, for two years due to the pandemic.

“We originally planned to get married on May 20, 2020 and even booked the date earlier,” he said.

Music teacher Lee Rou Sheuen, 26, also got married to her high school sweetheart, programmer Woo Bin Wei, 26.

“We’ve known each other since we were high school classmates. Our friendship then turned into a relationship and now, a marriage.

“I can’t wait to share the rest of my life with my best friend.

“We chose this date not only because of the romantic notion behind it, but also because it’s the anniversary of our dating,” she added.

Johor Baru Tiong-Hua association president Ho Sow Tong said it was the first time a mass wedding had taken place after two years.

“Before the pandemic, we held such mass weddings about four times a year.

“We are delighted to welcome couples back to exchange vows on such a grand occasion,” he said.

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