KUALA TERENGGANU: His name in Malay means ‘young’, but at 83 years this octogenarian defies his age.
Thus, Muda Mohd sent ripples at a mass reception for newly married couples in Bukit Parit, Marang with his wife, another senior citizen in Saudah Mohd Amin, 68, recently
Muda and Saudah took their matrimonial vow last year.
The couple were among 80 from the Pengkalan Berangan state assembly who were hosted to a 'walimah perdana' reception by the Terengganu Family Development Foundation in Bukit Parit, Marang.
“Being the only veterans, we were shy at first when invited to grace the reception, as the other couples were all very much younger – some more than half our ages!
“But Saudah and I braved the blushes to go up the stage and offer a smile to receive the blessings from the VIPs and guests,” said Muda, who was dressed in baju melayu and Saudah in baju kurung.
The reception at the Industrial Training Institute hall was all abuzz of the very senior citizen’s marriage.
The reception was attended by Terengganu government transformation, communication and multimedia committee chairman Abdul Latiff Awang, his wife Norlia Harun and foundation director Shafaruddin Mustaffa.
For Saudah, she did not expect to renew her marriage vows especially in a specially organised reception, complete with kompang beats, pencak silat performance and a wedding feast.
“It was like rekindling our actual wedding reception. When I was first informed of the event, I thought it was just a ceremah (talk) by government officials.
“Thus, I was very surprised to see so many newly married couples take to the stage in turns to get the blessings and be photographed.
“It was fascinating to wear the wedding crown once more,” she said.
It was the second marriage for both Muda and Saudah after the demise of their respective spouses owing to old age, about three years ago.
Both live at the same village in Kamung Jenang but have never met until they were matched up.
“To be honest, my heart was closed after the death of my husband Nawan Abu Bakar. I had shunned 17 proposals since becoming a single mother.
“However, somehow Muda managed to win my heart and we got hitched on June 26,” said the mother of five.
At the reception, Lattif presented each couple with a commemorative certificate, a Bank Simpanan Premium Savings Certificate and a souvenir.
“Couples who were blessed with new borns were also given the Premium Savings Certificate to encourage their children to save from young and to assist in their education.
“We want to continue with such receptions to honour the family instituition, especially among young couples, and celebrate their reunion,” said Latiff.
He hoped such events will help uplift the couples’ quality of life and prevent marriages from breaking down.