CM, wife centre of attraction at wedding reception


KUALA LUMPUR: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife Puan Sri Ragad Waleed Alkurdi were special guests at the wedding of Muhammad Hanis and Natasha Ishak in Subang Jaya on Saturday.

PLEASANT SURPRISE: Taib and Ragad Waleed being welcomed by Wahab (right) and Badriah to the wedding reception. — Photo by Jeffery Mostapa

Muhammad, a university lecturer, is the son of former Batang Sadong MP Datuk Wahab Suhaili and Datin Badriah Ismail, while Natasha is the daughter of Datuk Ishak Amin and Datin Amrah Khasbullah from Johor.

Taib and Ragad Waleed arrived at the Grand Dorsett Subang at about 8.30pm, much to the pleasant surprise of the distinguished guests present.

Taib was clad in a purple baju melayu, while Ragad Waleed, who is from Syria, looked resplendent in a baju kurung.

Among the VVIPs from Sarawak were Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations Datuk Fadillah Yusof, Batang Sadong MP Nancy Shukri and Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) chief executive officer Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot.

Apart from performing the ‘tepung tawar’ on the wedded couple, Taib and Ragad Waleed were also given the honour to cut a wedding cake to commemorate their own marriage in Kuching last month.

Taib and Ragad Waleed are expected to hold a wedding reception sometime in the middle of this month.

Although no official announcement has yet been made, it is believed that it would be held at the new State Legislative Assembly complex.

This is Taib’s second marriage.

The Chief Minister and the late Puan Sri Datuk Amar Laila were married in 1959 and have four children.

Laila  passed away in April, 2009.