The five-year term of the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah which came to an end today, will always be in people’s memory.
The caring nature of Tuanku Abdul Halim and Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Hajah Haminah has made the royal couple to be loved by multiracial Malaysians, several of whom lined up Jalan Parlimen as early as 7am today to bid the King and Queen farewell as they left the federal capital to return to Kedah.
Civil servant Noor Azizan Abd Rahman, 57, said Malaysia had dedicated leaders helming the country’s ruling.
He said Tuanku Abdul Halim had the common touch while always ensuring that the institution of royal rulers played an important role in looking after the people’s lot and in national development matters.
“I still remember Tuanku Abdul Halim’s speech in conjunction with his 88th birthday celebration at Istana Anak Bukit (in Kedah) where he called on the (state’s) public servants to continue to find ways to lessen the people’s burden from the rising cost of living.
“Personally, I highly regard His Majesty’s concern and proud that we have a dedicated ruler in carrying out his responsibilities,” he told Bernama, in Kuala Lumpur, today.
Teacher R. Parameswary, 45, sees Tuanku Abdul Halim as a knowledgeable, gentle and humble figure while also caring for the people’s welfare.
“The King has tirelessly ruled the country with excellence and love for the people,” said Parameswary, who also prayed for the royal couple’s good health and well-being.
Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina Choong Wen pupil, Aily Cheong, 11, said she was excited to be one of the participants in the historic sending-off event.
“I am lucky to be able to see His Majesty from near and to wave my hand at him,” she said.
Tuanku Abdul Halim created history as the first state ruler to be installed as Yang di-Pertuan Agong twice, namely as the 5th Yang di-Pertuan Agong from Sept 21, 1970 to Sept 20, 1975 and the 14th from Dec 13, 2011 to Dec 12, 2016.
He will be replaced by the Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V. – Bernama