A fairy tale wedding of Dutch Semi Pro footballer marries Malaysia Princess, let’s have some sneak peek of the royal traditional wedding ceremony
By Mah Jabeen
Malaysian Princess Tunju Tun Aminah – 31, daughter of Prince Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar of Johor, Malaysia, is the only daughter, she marries to a Dutch semi Pro Footballer Dennis Muhammad Abdullah- 28, the former semi-professional footballer from Lisse, in the Netherlands, currently works for a property development company in Johor, who converted to Islam in 2015. The royal traditional wedding ceremony was witnessed by thousands.
It is a story apparently directly out of the pages of a fairy-tale, sprinkled with Disney thrill: where a Dutch boy meets a Malaysian girl in a cafe, both fell in love, and then finally the girl reveals herself to be a real-life princess.
Dennis was a marketing manager for a Singapore football team, they both met in a café, after three years, after converting to Islam and leaving his christian name Dennis Verbaas behind, the Dutchman married his princess in a lavish traditional ceremony.
Princess Tunku Tun Aminah’s father, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar is known to be one of the most powerful sultans of Malaysia, the royal wedding took place at the Serene Hill Palace, royal family’s residence at the southern city of Johor Bahru, according to Muslim Malay custom. It was a private ceremony and was witnessed only by close relatives and friends.
The groom dressed up in royal traditional white Malay wedding attire where as the princess accompanied with pearl white. The event started with the ring ceremony, where Dennis Muhammad exchanged the wedding rings at a special lobby of the palace, according to the royal press office. Keeping in view centuries-old wedding culture of the Muslim-majority southern state of Johor, groom gave dowry of 22.50 ringgit (about £4) to the Princess, the couple then kissed their parents, aunts and uncles hand as regard of honor and respect.
The southern state of Johor was capped with the evening celebrations ceremony, stuffed up with solemnity and tradition, with the couple sitting on an highly decorated dias, whereas relatives and dignitaries shower petals on their hands along with scented water and yellow rice.
The newly wedded couples then made their first public appearance, on the palace steps, smiling and waving on the palace steps, to around 1,200 reception guests assembled in the garden area.
Dennis close friend Richard Chong, a 30-year-old marketing executive from Singapore also blessed the couple good wishes, he said “My message to the couple when I meet them is ‘Marriage is about taking care of each other. They must respect and love each other.”
Azim Mohamad Nurazim, a 34-year-old local salesman shared his views regarding the feverish preparation in the town, not only the bunting palace decoration but also the town, the main streets were adorned with flags. Mr Nurazim, the town sales man also adds, “I am taking my wife and two young children to the city square tonight to witness the live broadcast of the evening celebrations.It is a celebration for all Johoreans. Myi wish Princess Tunku Aminah and her husband long and healthy life, and may Allah bless the couple with lots of children.’
History of the royal family
Johor’s royal family is rich and powerful and possesses its own private army – the only Malaysian state to have one. Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar
is an army officer, and studied at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, Massachusetts, and has several business ventures, including in telecommunications.
According to Straits Times. Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum stated, “Let’s be honest here, we are a constitutional monarch. I have to earn my living like everyone else. I cannot depend on my allowances. I must earn a living, like ordinary Malaysians.”
Basic History of Malaysia
Malaysia has exclusive understanding in which the throne of the Muslim-majority country changes hands every five years between the rulers of the nine states which are still headed by Islamic royalty.
Similarly Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar is Sultan Muhammad V, from the traditional Islamic northern state of Kelantan, who steps down in 2021.
But Dennis Muhammad is unlikely ever to assume the role since the rulers choose among themselves who the next king will be.