So you have already filed and registered your ROMM online, so what’s next is the ROMM interview. The ROMM interview is compulsory and this is to confirm your registration and for ROMM to verify your documents.
This is also where you would need to take your statutory declarations aka angkat sumpah. Ok relax it may sound daunting but it is actually a stress-free easy peasy process 😉 In this article, I will share with you the step-by-step process and what to expect when you go to ROMM for the interview.
Myths About The Interview
Firstly, I would like to debunk some myths about the interview with the kadi or naib kadi. One of the most popular ones would be that the kadi will ask you to baca some random surah to test your Islamic proficiency. Is this true?
My fiancee even teased and told her dad that he needs to hafal the rukun Islam dan rukun iman. Mengelabar sekejap orang tua tu! hahaha….
Ini semua poyoh! The truth is there is no such thing. However, there are questions that the kadi will ask and I will cover them below jeng … jeng … jeng …
UPDATE: As of 1st July 2019, couples will be required to attend a compulsory 1 hour session with the chosen kadi or naib kadi.
This is an initiative called Bersamamu. The first session is compulsory and subsequently, you will receive support for up to 2 years and may choose to meet regurlarly with your kadi/naib kadi for advice and tips to build a strong marriage.
This is required before the ROMM interview.
After you have submitted your ROMM registration online, 3 people would need to come down personally to ROMM and that would be yourself, your partner and the bride’s wali. You would need to come down latest 5 weeks before your wedding date. So what if it is less than 5 weeks? Not to worry ROMM advice to come down as soon as possible or just simply contact them.
You do not need to make any prior appointment and you can just walk-in at the following hours:
Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 11.30am & 2.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 8.30am to 11.00am & 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Although ROMM is open on Saturdays, the document verification and statutory declaration department is not.
They are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
I would recommend coming in the morning. I came at around 9am and there were only 2 couples before me and the whole process took less than 15 minutes.
There are experiences of others where they would need to wait for at least 1.5 to 2 hours in the afternoon.
What to bring on the day of interview?
What do you need to do?
When you arrive at ROMM at 7 Canning Rise you will be welcome by a counter, beside the counter there be the queue kiosk machine. Usually, there would be a staff assisting you to choose the right option.
Once you have the queue number, just wait for your number to be flash on the screen. Once your number is flashed, you will head to the counter where a makcik, sorry a ROMM staff will ask for the IC of yourself, your partner and the wali’s IC. At this stage, only you and your partner would need to go to the counter.
They will print out your ROMM registration which you have done online and ask if all information is correct. They will explain that there will be a charge of $15 for any changes if we wish to make after this. Changes would be like the venue of solemnization, kadi, time, date or change of witness’s name. The charges will be based on per transaction basis. So to play safe please check thoroughly your details and information.
Once confirmed then you would need to sign the document. Once that is done, they will ask you to wait outside again for the interview with the kadi/naib kadi with the same queue number. The staff will inform you that when the queue number is called do get the wali to come in first alone.
Once the wali is inside he will be asked a few questions and to take the oath. I do not have the specific details of the questions but generally, the questions would be about whether he is aware his daughter is marrying so and so and whether he allows it. The angkat sumpah is the statutory declaration where the wali “sumpah” that all information is the truth.
After the wali is done, next you and your partner will come to the room together. Not knowing what to expect, I was rather nervous and the naib kadi has that stern looking face. he first confirmed our names and details. He will ask if you have attended any islamic classes or class agama before. He then proceeded to ask if I or my fiancee is forced into this marriage and of course I say no :p
He then suddenly said “angkat tangan kanan”. I didn’t hear him well and I was like what??? Then I realised it is the oath taking part already. Honestly, I can’t even remember what was being said but not to worry just follow along what the kadi say. It will be the same for your partner as well. Once that is done, he will ask if you have attended any kursus rumah tangga and I told him soon. He then provided us with a slip to go to this table that was set up outside the room to share more about kursus rumah tangga and that’s it! Less than 10 minutes!
Basically like I mentioned earlier, there is nothing to worry about 🙂 Hope this article has been useful and do share your very own experience or even add on anything that I have missed.
For now my 2 months countdown begins 🙂