For nurse Siti Suriani Khoo , mixed marriage provided a sense of fun and excitement as she and her husband always attempt to learn the practice and habits of the "other side."
"We have become more open-minded and positive apart from accepting the culture of each other. Me and my husband as well as our children can speak Cantonese, Malay, English as well as the Bajau language," said Siti Suriani, formerly Khoo Siew Peng married her husband, an engineer of Bajau descent from Sabah.
Siti Suriani said she and her children would have no problems in communicating with her husband's family whenever they visited them in Kota Kinabalu. It is likewise for her husband when they visited Siti Suriani's family in Gopeng, Perak.
To Siti Suriani religion always comes first.
"Allah created man to be from various races and religion can unite us. We should not exercise prejudice towards those from the other ethnic groups," she added.