Malaysian princess gets married in a lavish ceremony
Johor princess Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Ibrahim (L) and Dutchman Dennis Muhammad Abdullah (R) posing for a pre-wedding photograph at the Istana Bukit Serene in Johor Baru Photograph: (AFP)
The daughter of one of Malaysia’s most powerful sultans married her Dutch fiance today in a lavish ceremony.
The princess, Tunku Tun Aminah Sultan Ibrahim is the only daughter of the Sultan of Johor. She tied the knot with Dennis Muhammad Abdullah after a courtship period of three years. The couple wed according to Muslim Malay custom at the Serene Hill Palace, the royal family’s residence in the southern city of Johor Bahru. The princess's family comes from a powerful family and are the only one in the state to have their own private army.
In keeping with centuries-old wedding customs in the Muslim-majority southern state of Johor, he also gave her a dowry of 22.50 ringgit (about $5).
The newly wedded groom, Dennis Muhammad Abdullah works for a property development company in Johor. He was born as Dennis Verbaas and adopted a Muslim name when he converted to Islam in 2015.
Malaysia has a unique arrangement 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. The current king is Sultan Muhammad V, from the conservative Islamic northern state of Kelantan, who steps down in 2021.