Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim’s pass­ing a loss to na­tion, me, says Na­jib

New Straits Times - - Nation / News -

ALOR STAR: Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak yes­ter­day paid trib­ute to the late Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, whom he said had set the best ex­am­ple for the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tional monar­chy.

Describing the late sul­tan as a fa­ther fig­ure to him, Na­jib said the pass­ing of the for­mer Yang di-Per­tuan Agong was not only a great loss to the na­tion and Kedah, but also to him.

He said his re­la­tion­ship with Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim be­gan way be­fore the lat­ter ruled as the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong for the sec­ond time in 2011.

“The late sul­tan was like a fa­ther to me be­cause our re­la­tion­ship be­gan way back dur­ing Tun Ab­dul Razak’s (Na­jib’s fa­ther) time (as the prime min­is­ter).

“The late sul­tan had al­ways been con­cerned not only over mat­ters per­tain­ing to the coun­try’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, but also ev­ery­thing in­volv­ing my fam­ily and me per­son­ally.

“The late sul­tan’s ex­em­plary com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to­wards his duty to the na­tion and the peo­ple will al­ways be ap­pre­ci­ated.

“I will al­ways have the ut­most re­spect for him as a ruler who was highly ap­pre­ci­ated by the rakyat; to me, he is re­garded as the best ex­am­ple for our con­sti­tu­tional monar­chy.

“As such, his pass­ing is not only a great loss to the peo­ple of Malaysia and the peo­ple in Kedah, but also to my­self,” Na­jib said.

The prime min­is­ter said this after spend­ing half an hour vis­it­ing Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim’s grave at the Royal Mau­soleum in Jalan Lang­gar here.

Na­jib and his wife, Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor, ar­rived at the Royal Mau­soleum at 6.30pm from the United King­dom after his work­ing visit to the United States.

Present were Tunku Ben­da­hara of Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Ab­dul Hamid Thani, Tunku Te­meng­gong of Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Pu­teri In­tan Sha­fi­naz Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim, her sis­ter Raja Puan Muda Perak Tan Sri Tunku So­raya Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim and Tunku So­raya’s hus­band, Raja Di-Hilir of Perak Raja Iskan­dar Dzulka­r­nain.

Also present were Kedah Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Ah­mad Bashah Md Ha­ni­pah and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

Na­jib took part in a tahlil recital for the late Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim at the Royal Mau­soleum, led by Kedah mufti Datuk Sheikh Fad­hil Awang.

Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim, 89, passed away on Mon­day at Is­tana Anak Bukit.

PIC BY AMRAN HAMID

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak pour­ing scented water on the grave of the late Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim Mu’adzam Shah at the Royal Mau­soleum in Alor Star yes­ter­day. Look­ing on are Tunku Ben­da­hara of Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Ab­dul Hamid Thani (seated, sec­ond from left), Tunku Te­meng­gong of Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Pu­teri In­tan Sha­fi­naz Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim (seated, left) Na­jib’s wife Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor (seated, fourth from right), and Kedah Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Ah­mad Bashah Md Ha­ni­pah (Na­jib’s right).

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