Malaysia’s biggest wedding under investigation

Malaysia does it big.

130,000 people showed up for the wedding Ridhwan Ali, the eldest son of Ali Rustam, chief minister of the southern state of Malacca in Malaysia.  The eight hour long party made it into the Malaysian Book of Records for the massive guest list. The father of the groom however is under investigation by one of Malaysia’s anti-graft bodies after opposition politicians questioned where the funds for the wedding came from. An official investigation has been launched in whether government funds have been misused.

The minister has been quoted locally, defending the traditional Malay ceremony, saying food had cost about 600,000 ringgit (the equivalent of $200,000).  One of his aides found 500 volunteers willing to help out before the ceremony. Says the minister ““(The opposition) should not be jealous of the huge crowd… The wedding was my own family arrangement and has nothing to do with the state government.”

Not a bad turnout for the biggest day of your life.  Even if your dad did spend taxpayer’s money on the celebration, at least he invited half the country.

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