Kedah sul­tan passes away

> Ly­ing-in-state to­day at Is­tana Anak Bukit

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

ALOR STAR: The Sul­tan of Kedah, Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, passed away at 2.30pm yes­ter­day at Is­tana Anak Bukit here. He was 89.

Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim had ruled Kedah for 59 years.

The an­nounce­ment on the Sul­tan’s pass­ing was made by Kedah Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Ah­mad Bashah Md Ha­ni­pah at a press con­fer­ence in Wisma Darul Aman.

The Royal Com­mit­tee for the fu­neral an­nounced that the ly­ing-in­state would be held at the De­wan Peng­hada­pan in Is­tana Anak Bukit to­day for the pub­lic to pay their last re­spects from 11am to 12.30pm.

Ah­mad Bashah said dig­ni­taries would be al­lowed to pay their last re­spects be­tween 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

He said the cortege would pro­ceed along Le­buhraya Daru­la­man, Jalan Tun Razak, Le­buhraya Sul­tanah Bahiyah and Jalan Lang­gar to the Lang­gar Royal Mau­soleum for the burial, sched­uled for 4pm.

The men­tri be­sar also an­nounced a pub­lic hol­i­day for Kedah to­day, but said the Pri­mary School Assess­ment Test (UPSR) would pro­ceed as sched­uled.

He added that Kedah would ob­serve a seven-day mourn­ing pe­riod.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak, who is cur­rently in Wash­ing­ton on a three-day work­ing trip, said as a mark of re­spect, the na­tional flag would be flown at half­mast na­tion­wide to­day and to­mor­row.

The skies over Masjid Zahir Alor Star in Kedah yes­ter­day seem to re­flect the na­tion's gloom as the state flag is seen fly­ing at half-mast.

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