Malaysian celebrity Neelofa’s wedding under investigation for possible COVID-19 breach
Photos and clips of the Saturday (Mar 27) ceremony have been making their rounds online with one showing dozens of people sitting in close proximity, many not wearing masks.
Malaysian celebrity Neelofa’s wedding ceremony on Saturday (Mar 27) is under police investigation for a suspected breach of COVID-19 safety measures, reported Malaysian media.
Police said on Sunday they will call the organisers of the event and the hotel owner where the nikah (marriage solemnisation) took place to assist in the investigation.
Photos and clips of the ceremony have been making their rounds online. One of them shows dozens of people – all dressed in white – sitting close to each other with many not wearing masks.
Azrul Mohd Khalib, the CEO of Malaysia-based research organisation Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy, tweeted that he was shocked by photos of the wedding.
Users on discussion website Reddit also questioned if the celebrities and VIPs involved would be given the RM10,000 (US$2,400) fine for breaching safety measures. One commenter said he got married last month but the mosque only allowed three people from his family to witness the ceremony.
Neelofa told Malaysian media that she and her now-husband first met in 2017 and worked on a project together in 2018 but did not contact each other again until a year after that, which was when they got to know each other better.
The 32-year-old actress, TV presenter and entrepreneur married PU Riz, or Muhammad Haris Muhammad Ismail, on Saturday morning at Hotel Grand Hyatt in Kuala Lumpur. The 26-year-old groom was a contestant on the fourth season of Malaysian Islamic reality series Pencetus Ummah. He’s now an actor and motivational speaker.