PRINCESS HAS PRE-WED­DING JIT­TERS

Tunku Tun Ami­nah says she’ll be away from par­ents for first time af­ter wed­ding

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JO­HOR princess Tunku Tun Ami­nah Maimu­nah Iskan­dariah Sul­tan Ibrahim said she was swept off her feet by Dutch­man Den­nis Muham­mad Ab­dul­lah be­cause of his “gen­tle and kind per­son­al­ity”.

Tunku Tun Ami­nah, 31, said Den­nis was a per­son who un­der­stood her feel­ings and her po­si­tion as a mem­ber of the Jo­hor royal fam­ily.

“He is sup­port­ive and un­der­stands me well,” said the princess in a spe­cial in­ter­view with the Jo­hor Royal Press Of­fice re­cently.

She said she was ex­cited about the wed­ding prepa­ra­tions, but could hardly hide her pre-wed­ding jit­ters.

“We will move into our own home and start life anew as hus­band and wife. This will be the first time I will be liv­ing alone, away from my par­ents and fam­ily.”

Den­nis, 28, who talked while his eyes were locked on Tunku Tun Ami­nah, said she was the most spe­cial per­son in his life.

He said they shared the same val­ues when it came to hon­our­ing fam­ily.

“Tunku Tun Ami­nah is very spe­cial to me. She is sweet, but is also sen­si­ble and has very strong fam­ily val­ues. She is very close to her fam­ily, the same way I am with my fam­ily in Hol­land.”

Den­nis, who em­braced Is­lam be­fore he met Tunku Tun Ami­nah, said he was hon­oured to be ac­cepted by the Jo­hor royal fam­ily.

He said de­spite be­ing mar­ried to a royal, he would con­tinue work­ing be­cause his fa­ther had al­ways stressed on the im­por­tance of work­ing hard and earn­ing a liv­ing.

He holds a se­nior po­si­tion in a major prop­erty devel­op­ment com­pany in Jo­hor.

The duo’s be­trothal will take place in pomp and gai­ety to­mor­row morn­ing at Is­tana Bukit Serene here, followed by a solem­ni­sa­tion cer­e­mony.

In the evening, the new­ly­weds will have their “bersand­ing” or sit­ting-in-state cer­e­mony at the Throne Room of the Is­tana Be­sar Jo­hor Baru.

Both ceremonies will be steeped in Jo­hor royal tra­di­tion and cus­toms, with the bride don­ning a tra­di­tional baju ku­rung teluk be­langa and the groom in a baju melayu teluk be­langa.

The baju ku­rung teluk be­langa, was in­tro­duced in the late 19th cen­tury dur­ing the reign of the late Sul­tan Sir Abu Bakar. It has no col­lar and the neck­line is stitched in a style known as tu­lang be­lut or eel’s spine.

As its name im­plies, this of­fi­cial Jo­hor cloth­ing orig­i­nated from Sin­ga­pore, which was pre­vi­ously the cap­i­tal of Jo­hor.

Some 1,200 guests will at­tend the sim­ple but el­e­gant wed­ding cer­e­mony, which will be re­layed live for the public to watch from gi­ant dig­i­tal screens at Dataran Ban­daraya and the Jo­hor Baru City Coun­cil head­quar­ters build­ing.

PIC BY JO­HOR ROYAL PRESS OF­FICE

Jo­hor princess Tunku Tun Ami­nah Maimu­nah Iskan­dariah Sul­tan Ibrahim and Den­nis Muham­mad Ab­dul­lah are ex­cited about their wed­ding.

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