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24 couples tie knot on auspicious day
Published on: Sunday, February 23, 2020
By: Anthea Peter
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KOTA KINABALU: A total of 24 Chinese couples struck the opportunity to tie the knot on an auspicious date – February 22, 2020 – in a quest of everlasting love.

This resulted in a mass marriage registration (ROM) held at the Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KKCCCI) hall, here, Saturday.

KKCCCI President Datuk Michael Lui said the numerical date (22.2.2020) is believed to mean “love! love! Love!”’ (222) and “love you, love you” (2020), as the numbers have an associated pronunciation of the meaning’s translation in Chinese.

Michael said initially there were no plans for KKCCCI to arrange for a mass ROM, but it decided to accommodate the high request of ROM on the special date.

“We decided to arrange a better atmosphere for the 24 couples. 

“KKCCCI has five Government-recognised Assistant Registrar of Marriage and to date, it has registered 16,600 couples since its inception. 

“In 2019 alone, we registered 280 pairs,” he said in his speech before the ROM ceremony commenced. 

Michael commended KKCCCI’s services in arranging the ROM ceremony for the lovebirds. 

“From the procedure, service and venue, it’s all well done. In a sense, we give the newlyweds fond memories.

“I hope KKCCCI will continue to improve quality in services. We must always remain as the pioneer and provide the KK Chinese community the best,” he said. 

Among the 24 couples were high school sweethearts Jing Wu, 29, and Qiao Yan, 29, who chose the date for more personal reasons.

“Today (Feb 22) marks that we’ve been together for 12 years and 12 days. That is why we decided to get married today, it is just a coincidence (that it fell on this auspicious date),” said Jing Wu.

Another couple, Ryan Wong, 30, and Wong Ik Jun, 29, found the experience of a mass marriage registration to be unique.

“(It feels) special and very different, most ceremonies involve only one couple, but this one has a lot of people together.

“We feel excited, happy and honoured because of the special date as well,” Ryan said.

The couple of seven years had met in church and known each other for 10 years.

“We started off hating each other. I disliked him, and then we got to know each other better, then (eventually) we got together,” Ik Jun said candidly.  

On their relationship, Ryan and Ik Jun opined that spending quality time together and practising good communication are efforts that make a relationship thrive.


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