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M’sian pops the question to longtime girlfriend at JB interchange after 655 days of separation

Who've thought that a proposal at a bus stop could be this romantic?

The past two years have undeniably been the toughest period for couples as they have no choice but to stay apart due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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However, as they always say, love will always make a way even when things look dire.

A Malaysian man who hadn’t seen his girlfriend for the past two years finally had the chance to get down on one knee and propose to her upon touching down on home soil through the vaccinated travel lane (VTL).

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In a Facebook post uploaded yesterday (Jan 13), Tomken Wong shared his gratefulness in being able to secure a ticket back home so that he could ask his girlfriend the most important question of their lives.

Love’s everywhere, even at a bus stop

The photo of the Penangite asking his girlfriend to marry him at a bus stop at the JB interchange has since gone viral on Facebook and melted the hearts of netizens.

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Image courtesy of Tomken Wong

Speaking to WeirdKaya, Wong said that he initially didn’t plan on having the proposal at a less-than-glamorous location.

“I wanted to do it much earlier, but Covid caused it to be delayed. I also asked my friends and relatives whether I should propose at the interchange but they weren’t in favor of it,” he said.

However, he refused to let it dampen his resolve to go ahead with the plan as he didn’t want to wait anymore.

The location isn’t as important compared to my heart for my girlfriend. I couldn’t wait anymore and was worried that she wouldn’t be surprised if I were to do it elsewhere.

Wong even went into the details of how her planned for the romantic occasion.

“I asked my friends all the way from KL to JB to help me buy flowers and record the proposal. I also invited my girlfriend’s godmother to be a witness to the event,” he said.

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Image courtesy of Tomken Wong

Wong, who has been working in Singapore for the past 13 years, said he was separated from his girlfriend prior to the pandemic after she went back to Johor Bahru to take care of her father.

“We last met on March 17, 2020 and we never thought we would be apart for so long as this has never happened before,” he said.

He also admitted that he was tempted to leave his lucrative job in Singapore to reunite with his girlfriend as he missed her and his family deeply.

I had thought of resigning several times and simply return home. However, whenever I think of what I can do in Malaysia and current exchange rate, it stops me every time.

Congratulations to Wong on his successful proposal and we hope that the couple enjoys a long and happy marriage together!

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Cover Images via Tomken Wong

Editor: Sarah Yeoh