159 couples tie the knot on 9.9.19

IPOH, Malaysia (The Star/ANN) - Some 60 couples here vowed to be together forever on the auspicious 9.9.19.

Double nine or “cheong cheong gao gao” in Cantonese means everlasting.

On a date of particular significance, the lovebirds said their “I dos” during a mass wedding registration ceremony at the Ipoh Chinese Chin Woo Athletic Association hall.They exchanged vows in front of friends and families, pledging to love and treasure each other forever.

Among them were Haw Kah Hee, 37, and Lee Siew Ying, 31, who chose to seal their 11-year courtship by tying the knot on a special day.

Haw, a store supervisor, said he met Lee, who works in the service industry, through a mutual friend.

“We got to know each other for five months before going steady.

“After 11 years of being together, we decided to get married, ” he said.

Both of them, he added, loved the beach and had celebrated many an anniversary marking their relationship there.

“It was also the perfect location to propose to her, ” he added.

Haw attributed their solid relationship to being tolerant and understanding towards each other.

“Every now and then we will also think of things to surprise each other to keep the spark going, ” Lee chipped in.

Joining them on their big day were another couple, colleagues Chee Kah Hoong, 31, and Chen Bao Lin, 29.

Chee said they worked in the same company but in different departments.

“I am a salesman while she deals with supplies, ” he said, adding that they started seeing each other in 2013.

“She’s the prettiest girl I’ve met!” he enthused.

After six years, they both felt that the time was right to take the plunge.

“We decided on the date as it is meaningful and memorable, ” said Chen, adding that she loved that her partner was loving, filial and loyal.

The ceremony was launched by the association’s assistant registrar of marriages, Datuk Ooi Foh Sing.

In Kuala Lumpur, 99 couples also tied the knot in a mass wedding ceremony at the Thean Hou Temple.

While most wore black suits and white wedding gowns, others chose red for luck and prosperity.

Holding bouquets of flowers, the couples were blessed by a Buddhist monk before taking their vows.