Eatery owner also called Tengku Ab­dul­lah

New Straits Times - - NEWS -

KUANTAN: “I was hes­i­tant to in­form him that our names are the same. My name is Tengku Ab­dul­lah, but I only make roti canai for Sultan Ab­dul­lah,” said Tengku Ab­dul­lah Tengku Su­laiman, the owner of an eatery fre­quented by Sultan Ab­dul­lah Sultan Ah­mad Shah.

Tengku Ab­dul­lah, 46, said his shy­ness meant he never told Sultan Ab­dul­lah his name, al­though the ruler of­ten ac­knowl­edged him when grac­ing the restau­rant after morn­ing prayers at a nearby mosque.

The Ke­lan­tan-born man said the food favoured by the ruler at the restau­rant he founded three years ago were nasi lemak and crispy roti canai with less oil, ac­com­pa­nied with dhall curry.

Look­ing back at Sultan Ab­dul­lah’s first visit to the restau­rant in In­dera Mahkota here, Tengku Ab­dul­lah said he was ner­vous when he found out the then Tengku Mahkota Pa­hang wished to visit his restau­rant.

“A palace of­fi­cer had called in the morn­ing to in­form me that His High­ness wished to have break­fast here after subuh prayers. I was stunned. I was wor­ried my food would not be good enough for him.

“The first time I saw His High­ness at my restau­rant, I felt proud and good. I thought I was dream­ing,” he said at his restau­rant here yes­ter­day.

Ear­lier, Sultan Ab­dul­lah, who will be pro­claimed the sixth sultan of Pa­hang to­mor­row, had break­fast at the restau­rant after per­form­ing prayers at Masjid Imam Ash Shafie in Kota SAS here yes­ter­day.

Tengku Ab­dul­lah’s wife, Ros­nida Che Soh, 44, de­scribed Sultan Ab­dul­lah as a hum­ble per­son who pre­ferred to be ca­sual rather than fol­low pro­to­col, mak­ing it eas­ier for her to serve the VVIP guest.

“He is very gen­er­ous. Ev­ery time he stops by, it means good news for pa­trons.

“Sultan Ab­dul­lah will pay the bill for all pa­trons, in­clud­ing those who are buy­ing take­away.”

She said she was im­pressed by Sultan Ab­dul­lah’s pa­tience as he of­ten obliged those who wished to take a pic­ture with him.

Once, she said, when Sultan Ab­dul­lah was ready to leave in his car, he got out to take pic­tures with peo­ple who had gath­ered there.

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