KUALA LUMPUR: Members of the public who wish to pay their last respects to the late Sultan of Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah can do so between 11am and 12.30pm tomorrow at the Istana Anak Bukit in Alor Setar.
Menteri Besar of Kedah Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said this after making the official announcement on the passing of Tuanku Abdul Halim at a press conference held in Alor Setar this evening.
The lying-in-state will be held at the Dewan Penghadapan at Istana Anak Bukit to enable the people to pay their last respects to the 27th ruler of Kedah.
Tuanku Abdul Halim breathed his last at 2.30pm today at Istana Anak Bukit.
Ahmad Bashah informed that prayers will be held at 10.30 tomorrow morning, adding that the late Sultan of Kedah will then be interred at the Langgar Royal Mausoleum at 4pm.
The Menteri Besar informed that flags in the state are to be flown at half-mast for three days, beginning today.
“The period of mourning will be for seven days, beginning today Sept 11 until Sept 17,” he said, adding that all forms of entertainment-based events and functions are cancelled during this period.
Ahmad Bashah also declared tomorrow as a public holiday for Kedah, however this will not apply to those taking UPSR as the examination is to proceed as scheduled.
Bernama reported that according to Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir, the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah has instructed for flags in the state to be flown at half-mast until the funeral of the Sultan of Kedah concludes tomorrow.
Messages of condolences for the late Sultan are also pouring in on social media.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak expressed his sadness on the passing of Kedah Sultan, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah this afternoon.
Taking to his official Facebook page, Najib said he shared a close relationship with the late Sultan, be it in an official capacity, or personal.
“Truly, the late Tuanku was a ruler highly regarded during his two terms of being the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong as well as in his role as Kedah ruler,” Najib said, adding that the late Sultan was also a friendly and warm person, and was loved by the rakyat.
“Personally, and on behalf of the Federal Government, with much sadness, would like to offer our condolences to the Kedah royal family. May Allah SWT bless his soul and may he be placed among the righteous. Al-Fatihah,” Najib said.
The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar paid tribute to the late Sultan of Kedah via a picture message on his official Facebook page.
“Al-Fatihah. Sembah takzim KDYMM Sultan Kedah Darul Aman Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah. 28 November 1927 – 11 September 2017. Daripada (from) DYMM Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar dan DYMM Raja Zarith Sofiah Binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah,” the message read.
Sultan Ibrahim’s son Tunku Idris shared a black and white photo of the late Sultan of Kedah on Instagram, with a caption that read, “Dear Tuanku, you’ve been such a great role model to me. Showing me that no matter how unwell or tired you feel on that day, duty comes first. Malaysia has truly lost a great Sultan. Al-fatihah. My condolences to the Kedah royal family. And my heart goes out to all rakyat Kedah.”
In a statement, Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran, on behalf of the Dewan Negara expressed his deepest grief on the passing of Tuanku Abdul Halim.
Vigneswaran described the late Sultan of Kedah as a great leader whose long reign provided the latter the occasion to helm the nation as Yang Di-Pertuan Agong for two terms.
The president of the Senate conveyed his deepest condolences to fellow Malaysians, and particularly to the Sultanah of Kedah Tuanku Hajah Haminah, as well as to the people of Kedah.
“Truly, in death as in life, Almarhum Tuanku will continue to remain firmly enthroned in the hearts of all Malaysians for all times,” he added. – MO