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“I‘m focusing on finding someone who can willingly accept me for who I am.” Malaysia is a largely moderate Muslim country, where Islam is the official religion and ethnic Malay Muslims make up two thirds of the 30 million people.Many young Malaysians meet as young people do in many places, including through the dating app Tinder and on Facebook, but dating is complicated for young Muslims in Malaysia, where public displays of affection and intimacy before marriage is strictly disapproved of.The founders have organized the event twice in Kuala Lumpur.The first time in May when about 80 people joined, and the second time last week with 60 hopefuls.“Halal Speed Dating is the anti-Tinder,” co-founders Zuhri Yuhyi, 34, and Norhayati Ismail, 41, said in a release, referring to the U.S.-based dating app that has gained a reputation for free and easy match-making.”I’ve done online dating and gone on blind dates, but in our religion, going halal is the better thing to do.
As conservative attitudes are rising, the speed dating sessions have been embraced as an alternative to online match-making sites or apps that many Malaysian Muslims view as geared more for Western-style casual flings.
On 19 February 2013, Singapore and Malaysia officially agreed to build a high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore by 2020 at a meeting in Singapore between Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak.
In 2006 YTL Corporation, operator of the Express Rail Link in Kuala Lumpur, revived the proposal, with a projected speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Dressed in a headscarf and full-length robe, 24 year-old Nurnadille Edlena takes notes intently as the man before her introduces himself.
The two are at Halal Speed Dating, a new matchmaking event in Kuala Lumpur that is helping Malaysian Muslims find partners in a largely conservative society where courtship is frowned upon and marriages are often arranged.Halal Speed Dating’s founders say most of their clients hope to find a spouse.