April 27, 2012

MALAYSIA: Love and wedded bliss in their 70s

PENANG, Malaysia / The Star / Nation / April 27, 2012

By Kow Kwan Yee

GEORGE TOWN: At an age when most senior citizens would be complaining of aches and pains, septuagenarians Goh Ah Bah and Ch'ng Kheng Hoon fell in love and decided to get hitched.
Newly-weds Goh, 72, and Ch'ng, 73, who are residents of the Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged in Sungai Dua, decided to seal their love after “dating” for about a year.
“Age should never be a barrier to true love,” said the couple, who met at the home in 2010.
The couple said their romance blossomed after they started chit-chatting in the television room after dinner everyday.
True love: Goh (right) holding Ch’ng lovingly at their honeymoon suite in
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa in Batu Ferringhi yesterday.
Ch'ng, a widow who does not have any children from her previous marriage, said she found Goh to be a good companion.
Her husband died at the age of 85 two years ago.
“One day, while taking a stroll in the home's garden, I asked him whether we could get married,” Ch'ng recalled.
When asked how he responded to her proposal, Goh smiled shyly and said he accepted whatever Ch'ng said.
“I was single and had never thought of getting married until I met Ch'ng.
“When you find your true love, you should just go for it and not overthink it,” he said, adding that he and Ch'ng had never considered old age as an obstacle to getting married.
Goh, who looked resplendent in his black suit as did Ch'ng in a red cheong sam, were at the Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa yesterday for their honeymoon stay. The one-day stay was sponsored by the hotel.
Earlier, the couple held a simple wedding luncheon at the home where they cut a five-tiered cake before some 200 residents.
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