GEORGE TOWN - There are three little words which any man must know - "she's always right".
Take it from engineer Lai Yit Mun, 35, who has known his Ms Right for 15 years.
In citing Rule No.1 for a long-lasting relationship, he said: "And Rule No.2 is to always follow rule No.1."
Lai tied the knot on Valentine's Day yesterday with his girlfriend of 15 years, Tan Yean Joo, 33, at a mass wedding registration which was held at Che Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society here.
Tan, who is also an engineer, said like any other relationship, they had to learn to give and take as well as to "laugh it out".
"Laughter helps and letting go of unhappy moments would ensure a blissful relationship," she said.
Lai and Tan, who are both from Penang, are now based in Brisbane, Australia.
"We chose to register our marriage here as our families are here. With Chinese New Year so near, this is considered a double happiness for us," Tan said.
They were among 42 newlyweds at the ceremony.
Another pair of lovebirds who courted for 10 years before getting hitched were accountant Tang Ye-Ling, 28, and engineer Toh Boon Wah, 30.
Toh said it was an extra special day as he had proposed to Tang the same day last year.
"We plan to have our wedding reception in May," Toh said.
Tang said communication is the key to a lasting relationship.
"There were disagreements but we always managed to reach a common understanding," she added.
One couple who stood out due to their maroon traditional Chinese suit and cheongsam were Teoh Teik Seng, 32, and his bride Frederica John, 25.
Teoh said it was Frederica's idea to add more festive mood to the occasion.
"She's a Dusun from Sabah. We held a traditional engagement ceremony in her hometown last week," said Teoh, a technician.
The ceremony started with a registrar leading the couples to read out their vows before proceeding to signing the documents and exchanging rings.
Che Hoon Kor Moral Uplifting Society honorary secretary Choong Yit Chuan said the response was good for the registration ceremony.
In Alor Setar, 13 couples tied the knot at the Kedah Chinese Assembly Hall in Jalan Tanjung Bendara here.
Among them were quantity surveyor Chan Han Dee and travel agency executive Yap Fai Fai, both 34, and chef Vincent Tan Chun Khai and banker Tiew Gweik Ngoh, both 25.