Siti Nurhaliza Weds Datuk K

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 (Bernama) -- In just one breath, the nation's pop darling, Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin, 27, was officially married to businessman Datuk Khalid Mohamad Jiwa, 47, at a historic ceremony here Monday. It is the first wedding of a local artiste to be broadcast live on television in Malaysia.

Private television station TV3, which was awarded the exclusive rights to broadcast the couple's wedding at the Federal Territory Mosque in Jalan Duta here, also aired live the engagement ceremony, which was conducted in full Malay traditional custom at the Dewan Solat, about half an hour before the akad nikah (exchange of vows).

Siti, as she is affectionately called, was elegantly dressed in baju kurung of white French lace by Soltiss with blue accents and crystals replete with veil and selendang for the akad nikah, specially created by popular designer Radzuan Razwill.

She appeared composed after the akad nikah was finally performed at 11.40am.

Her marriage to Khalid, better known as Datuk K, was performed by the FT's Islamic Religious Department (Jawi), Registrar of Marriage, Divorce and Reconciliation, Nasroddin Mat Daud.

At the ceremony, Khalid presented a dowry of RM22,222 cash, the figure signifying the date the Quran became the Islamic sacred book, the word of God as dictated to Prophet Muhammad and written down in Arabic.

The solemnisation ceremony was held in conjunction with the Muslim calendar of 27 Rejab 1427 Hijrah, that is during the Israk and Mikraj. (Israk means the night journey made by Prophet Muhammad from the Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. Mikraj means the Prophet's accession to heaven. It is during the Mikraj that God gave the command making it obligatory for all Muslims to observe the five daily prayers).

The solemnisation ceremony was attended by the Tengku Muda Pahang, Yang di-Pertua Negeri Melaka Tun Khalil Yaakob and his wife and the Deputy Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

After the ceremony, Khalid put a solitaire diamond-laden white gold ring onto Siti Nurhaliza's slender finger.

In return, the songbird who won the Popular Star Award since 1997, put a ring on Khalid's.

The bride who was born in Kampung Awah, Temerloh, Pahang, received seven trays of gifts with a traditional pink, gold and cream concept called "Azimat Cinta" -- one of Siti's popular songs -- from Khalid. The gifts comprised RM30,000 cash, traditional sweets, the Quran, a set of gems, a piece of lacy material, handbag and wristwatch.

In exchange, Siti Nurhaliza gave Khalid nine trays of gifts with a contemporary silver and green concept called "Sebenar Cinta" (True Love) comprising a songket sampin, a set of baju Melayu buttons, wristwatch, ring, cake, belt with matching wallet, a set of cuff links and a tuxedo.

The engagement ceremony began at 10.30am with the exchange of pantun in full Malay custom. It culminated in Khalid's mother putting a diamond ring on Siti Nurhaliza's finger.

During the engagement ceremony, Siti Nurhaliza sat on a bridal dais called "Mahligai Permata" (Castle of Gems) with a traditional Perak design. The mountain-shaped dais was placed in the mosque's Dewan Muslimat.

There, she received five trays of gifts from Khalid named "Adiwarna" -- another Siti Nurhaliza's song -- comprising bunga rampai (potpourri of finely cut, scented pandan leaves and flower petals), a ring, traditional sweets, a white gold chain, a diamond necklace engraved with the word Allah, a telekung (Muslim women's prayer attire), and "sirih junjung" (betel leaves stacked on each other).

In exchange, she gave Khalid seven trays of gifts called "Sanggar Bayu" comprising sirih junjung, bunga rampai, wajik (traditional delicacy made of glutinous rice), Quran, a prayer mat, sweets, a cake and a pair of baju Melayu complete with Pahang-made sampin.

All the gifts were prepared by Nusantara GEMS, a company owned by Datuk Shah Rezza who was engaged as the consultant for the wedding.

Shah Rezza recently said that the cost of preparing today's ceremonies and the reception at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Aug 28 was only RM500,000 not RM12 million as speculated.

The ceremonies were held under tight security with only invited guests allowed to enter the mosque's halls.


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