A Malaysian couple’s viral wedding proposal was met with a wide array of reactions on social media last week.
In a 9-minute video filmed by wedding photography and videography company Red Studio, Ivan Seng, 28, and Winson Khor, 26, from Tawau, Sabah got engaged in front of several supportive friends in Kuala Lumpur on Nov. 3.
The cute couple have been together for over three years, but it took Ivan one month to get ready to propose to the love of his life. He was able to keep his whole plan a secret since Winson was traveling out of the country for work, according to Sinchew.
In the video, Winson is unaware that Ivan is about to propose as he sits down with a group of his friends for dinner. That’s when a video montage of the couple’s happy times is projected onto a screen before Ivan comes out with a bouquet of red roses. He gets down on bended knee and opens the ring box to ask Winson to spend the rest of his life with him. Of course, Winson says yes as he continues to cry tears of joy.
As translated by World of Buzz, the pair met one another by accident and fell in love at first sight. They opened a successful Taiwan bubble tea cafe, Ding Tea, in Tawau.
Before coming out of the closet, Winson was concerned about what people would think of his sexual orientation. But he eventually mustered up the courage to tell the whole world that he was in love. Ivan, a divorced man, said that meeting Winson changed his life for the better.
The newly engaged couple have not decided where to tie the knot, since same-sex marriage is illegal in Malaysia, but the two are grateful for the love and support they’ve received from friends and family.
Check out the proposal video below:
Of course, not everyone in the Muslim majority country was pleased.
Representatives from three youth non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including Shyazreen Asri of the Persatuan Nur Al-Musthofaa Kota Kinabalu and Persatuan Anak Sabah Bersatu, filed a report saying they wanted the police and other authorities to investigate the marriage proposal between the couple.
“To me this is not supposed to happen. We strongly object to the action of these two men and want the relevant authorities to take deterrent action against them as same sex marriage is illegal in Malaysia,” Shyazreen said. “Although the couple’s union is not legal, their action has angered netizens in Tawau and Sabah.”