The Straits Times
Published on Oct 05, 2012

Graft probe after 130,000 attend wedding of Malacca politician's son


KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia's anti-graft body is investigating the wedding of a top official's son - attended by around 130,000 people - after opposition politicians questioned the celebration's funding.

The wedding on Sunday of Mr Ridhwan Ali, 26, eldest son of Mr Ali Rustam, chief minister of Malacca, reportedly lasted eight hours and made it into the Malaysia Book of Records for its massive turnout.

Opposition politicians have since questioned whether state funds were used for the event, and several of them lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. A senior commission official confirmed to AFP on Friday that an investigation had been launched.

The minister has been quoted in local media defending the traditional Malay ceremony, saying the food had cost some 600,000 ringgit (S$245,000) - and not 13 million ringgit as senior opposition politician Lim Kit Siang had speculated.