Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 11:28 PM

"... it’s about time that we have a psychologist in the family...... "

Wedding of Kusyairi Ariff & Hanee Shereen
30 December 2012, Kelab Shah Alam

Bismillah Hirrahman Nirrahim. Assalamualaikum Warahmaruyllahi Wabarakatuh dan Salam Sejahtera. Yang Mulia, Tengku Tengku. Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri – Tan Sri / Puan Sri – Puan Sri / Dato’ - Dato’ / Datin - Datin / Tuan - Tuan / Puan - Puan dan Sanak Saudara sekelian. Bagi pihak Tuan Rumah, Dato Ishak, saya ingin merakamkan jutaan terima kasih atas kesudian para hadirin meraikan Majlis Perkahwinan Kusyairi dan Hanee. Kehadiran Tuan - Tuan dan Puan - Puan sememangnya memeriahkan lagi hari yang bermakna ini. Tuan - Tuan dan Puan - Puan, izinkan saya meneruskan ucapan saya di dalam Bahasa Inggeris, Terima Kasih.


A wedding is an occasion, a joyous occasion. But for a spokesperson like me, it is highly stressful for I have stage fright no matter how many times I have been asked to give speeches. By God’s will, when my son gets married, Kusyairi, you will be forced to be the spokesperson. Just remember that!

The Malay race has always been an advocate of “courtesy” as evident in their generosity in giving out Bunga Telurs and their art of Pantuns. We have experienced such courtesy at the reception by Encik Adam’s family. I must say, I was delighted to experience my first “Tea Ceremony”. That was the first time Kusyairi ever served me tea…. Actually, that was the first time he ever served me anything at all. So, it was a good ice-breaker. Today, the Ishak Family would like to offer you (Adam) our courtesy. We hope you’ll be delighted.


Kusyairi was born at Assunta Hospital Petaling Jaya on the 11th November 1983. When he was born we had some logistical issues. There was no bedroom for him. We only had 4 bedrooms all taken by Bapak, Mak, Kak Ita, Johari and I, and our Grandma. To ensure that such discomfort did not haunt our little brother Kusyairi, Johari and I decided to sacrifice our room… well, actually, we were kicked out by Bapak and ended up in Ipoh for 5 years.

Everyone in the Family was born in Penang. We were all proud to be called Islanders. Kusyairi, however, was born in Selangor. That did not exclude him from the joy of tasting Penang food at home. We had curry almost every other day, Bapak’s Dhalca and the infamous Gulai Tok Wan. So Hanee, you have a lot of catch up to do in the cooking arena.

Kush grew up in Shah Alam and later completed his studies at Curtin University, Perth. His Economics Degree landed him jobs at Public Bank, AC Nielsen, and now Mindshare where he specialises in the Advertising Industry. In his free time he likes to do outdoor activities that include hiking, climbing and jungle trekking. He said those activities gave him peace of mind. Well of course it did, that is how he met Hanee, in a bootcamp, I think.

Kusyairi, I would like to share with you some basic tips for a long lasting peace of mind, particularly in a marriage. I may not necessarily agree with these tips but they work nonetheless:

  1. When Hanee cooks, you say “Hmm.... Sedap”.
  2. When Hanee is sick, you make her hot soup, not Maggi mee.
  3. When it is 22 December, pamper her with an anniversary dinner and make sure you mark your diary because if you don’t, she will mark your head.
  4. When it is 19 April, get her a birthday present.
  5. Always assume that she is right in any argument because she has a special lock that locks the bedroom door for which keys are not made available to you.
  6. When she makes jokes, laugh as if she is the champion of Raja Lawak.
  7. Always put up the toilet seats.
  8. The weekend diary is managed by her. Don’t worry you’ll get the notification of weekend events weeks in advance.
  9. When she cries, take her into your arms like an angel.
  10. And the hardest of all, when you two have babies, stay up with her to feed milk and change diapers.


I have never had a younger sister before. With the inclusion of Hanee into the family, I now have a younger sister. Hanee was born on 18 April 1988 in Klang. Hanee was born on 18 April 1988.Hanee was born on 18 April 1988. Wow, 1988, I was still in Form 1 at that time. She was brought up in Klang and hence, Haneewent to Convent Klang, the school my sister went to as well. She is now completing her Degree in Psychology from Segi College and as I had noticed, she likes singing and she does it quite well as well. It’s about time that we have a psychologist in the family, not for Hanee to heal us, but rather, for us to test her. I have two hyperactive boys and I can assure you that they’ll make good psychological study subjects.

What advise can I give you as a brother in-law? Well, here goes:

  1. When Kush is hungry, he is not fuss. Fried Rice with Ayam Goreng and a bit of Kicap and Chilli Sauce will suffice (Note that Kicap will be known as To’Yu to you from today onwards. I think it came from a Chinese word Tau Yoo).
  2. When Kush is back from work looking tired, give him a smile.
  3. When Kush is sick, well, it’s your turn to do the hot soup, and not Maggi mee.

Hanee, you are Kush’s ribs; because, you are entrusted to protect his heart (both emotionally as well as the cholesterol level). And that would put you at a special place by his side, enveloping his heart. I think that is why Siti Hawa was created out of Prophet Adam’s (pbuh) ribs.

Hanee, the entire Ariff and Arshad clans are honoured to welcome you into the family. It’s a big extended family. Lots of names to be remembered but hey, it only means God is being generous to you.

We look forward to interesting contributions that you can offer to this family. Whilst the other 3 in-laws contributed Ikan Patin from Sungai Pahang, Ayam Kampong from Bangi and Masak Lomak Chili Padi from Negeri Sembilan, we expect nothing less than the beautiful Kuih Kasturi from Klang.


Before I retreat, please do allow me a short poem that I narrated at 2:00 am this morning:

Singgah di Kelang untuk Kuih Kasturi
Yang Enak Rangup Secukup Rasa
Sungguh Segak Kush dan Hanee
Mengakhiri Zaman Teruna dan Dara
Anak Bongsu Kawin Sudah
Meninggalkan Rumah Sunyi Sepi
Mak dan Bapak tak payahlah Gundah,
Nantikan saja cucu dari Kush dan Hanee
Semangkuk Selasih Semanis Puan
Segulung Popiah dari Tanjung
Terima Kasih Tuan dan Puan
Budi Dikenang Jasa Dijunjung

Sebelum saya mengundur diri, bagi pihak Dato' Ishak Ariff sekeluarga, ingin saya menyusun sepuluh jari meminta maaf sekiranya terdapat apa-apa kekurangan pada majlis yang tidak sebarapa ini.

Saya sudahi ucapan saya dengan kalimah suci Wabilllahi Taufik Walhidayah Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh dan Selamat Sejahtera.

Terima Kasih

"...... whilst the other 3 in-laws contributed Ikan Patin from Sungai Pahang, Ayam Kampong from Bangi and Masak Lomak Chili Padi from Negeri Sembilan, we expect nothing less than the beautiful Kuih Kasturi from Klang."    Johan Ishak


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