ALOR SETAR: The passing of the Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Mua’adzam Shah yesterday shocked the people of Kedah.
A civil servant, Mohd Sabri Saad, 37, said the news of the Sultan’s demise was only known in the social media at about 3.30pm.
“Initially I could not believe the news that went viral on social media as there was no official source but after seeing the information from reliable sources as well as the media conference by Kedah Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah on the demise of His Highness, I began to accept the news with sadness as a Kedah-born resident.
“The Sultan’s death was described as a big loss to Kedahans as he was so gentle with the people and had put the welfare of the people of all races close to his heart,” he said when met here today.
A trader, Mohd Hafiz Mokhtar, 37, said as his subject, the demise of Sultan Abdul Halim was a very sad occasion for all as the Tuanku had also ruled as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong twice.
“In his reign, the Sultan had ruled the longest and he was always a familiar figure at gatherings with the people so that he could see the well-being of his subjects and it was a big loss to the state,” he said.
In this regard, Mohd Hafiz and friends proposed to pay their last respects at Istana Anak Bukit here today before the Tuanku was laid to rest at the Langgar Royal Mausoleum in the evening.
The late Sultan was installed as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong twice from Sept 21 1970 to Sept 20 1975, and as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong from Dec 13 2011 to Dec 12 2016.
During his rule, Sultan Abdul Halim endeared himself to the people in his unique gentle way that had won him the love and respect of the people, not only in Kedah but also throughout the country.
The Kedah state government yesterday announced Tuanku Abdul Halim, 89, had passed away at Istana Anak Bukit at 2.30pm. – Bernama