The coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of many large weddings this year, but one Malaysian couple has defied the odds, reportedly hosting 10,000 people at their event

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of many large weddings this year, but one Malaysian couple has defied the odds, reportedly hosting 10,000 people at their event.

Key points:

  • Local media reported it took three hours for all the guests to drive past the bride and groom
  • Guests collected takeaway food before leaving
  • The groom’s father, a former cabinet minister, was found guilty of corruption a day earlier

But this was no ordinary wedding.

The newlyweds, Tengku Muhammed Hafiz and Oceane Alagia, sat outside a government building and waved while guests drove past in cars to comply with the country’s social distancing measures.

Before they left, wedding guests collected takeaway food from a nearby tent.

Local media reported it took three hours for all attendees to drive by.

Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor waving at a car driving through.

Guests in cars passed on their congratulations from their vehicles.(Facebook: Officialkunan)

Mr Hafiz’s father, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, a former Malaysian minister, posted photos of the wedding on his official public Facebook account yesterday.

The unusual event was celebrated in “the new norm”, he said.

“In estimation, I am informed that there are more than 10,000 vehicles here since this morning.

Nine people from the wedding party stand in a row with boxes, wearing masks.

The wedding party wore masks to be abide by coronavirus restrictions.(Facebook: Officialkunan)

The event was held in the country’s administrative city of Putrajaya, south of the capital Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia is currently facing a new wave of coronavirus infections.

The wedding came just one day Malaysia’s High Court found Mr Adnan guilty of corruption.

The 70-year-old treasurer-general of Umno, Malaysia’s largest and ruling Perikatan Nasional alliance party, was sentenced to a year in jail for accepting 2 million ringgit ($656,000) from a local businessman in 2016 when he was the federal territories minister.

He was also fined 2 million ringgit for the offence.

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