PETALING JAYA — She is 42. He is 18.
Dayang Sopiah Gusti, a single mother of five, is now married to Mohd Sufie. And both their families have given their blessings to the union.
They met during a volleyball match in May and last week, their solemnization ceremony took place at Kuala Penyu town in Sabah.
A picture of Mohd Sufie putting a ring on Dayang Sopiah’s finger has gone viral on Facebook.
It became a top read story in The Star Online, besides being given coverage by Malay dailies.
“Since getting to know her, she has always been concerned about me. I told my family that I wanted to marry her,” Utusan Malaysia quoted Mohd Sufie as saying.
“It does not matter what others say. I would surely do the best to take care of my wife,” he added.
His family, he said, had backed their decision to marry.
Dayang Sopiah, whose children are aged from seven to 16, said Mohd Sufie was quite mischievous.
“He makes friends easily,” she added.
Alin @ Matalin Utam, 52, who is the father of the groom, was quoted by Harian Metro saying that he knew about the relationship just a few days before the wedding and was initially surprised.
However, he said had no problem with it: “To me, Sopiah is the match for Sufie as decided by God.”
It was reported that Sopiah’s children were also accepting Sufie, who works as a sales assistant in Labuan.