IT was 9am in Kuala Kangsar on Perak’s biggest day — the enthronement of Sultan Nazrin Shah — and the historical ceremony was just as he intended it to be, culturally-rich yet modest.
The streets of the royal town remained unassuming, save for the silver state’s flags flapping in the wind and yellow billboards with the words “Daulat Tuanku.”
The police were spotted taking their positions at major junctions as early as 6.45am to direct cars and ensure that traffic flow into the royal town was smooth.
Kuala Kangsar folk were seen going about as usual.
Some of them told MetroPerak that this modest way of carrying out the enthronement ceremony was most significant to them.
Kuih seller Mohd Nor Azmi Mat Nusi, 30, who admires the Ruler, said he was glad to see that roads were not closed to make way for the ceremony.
“I am still allowed to run my business by the roadside and earn a living as usual, although today is a public holiday.
“This shows the Sultan’s caring nature,” he said when met at his stall along Jalan Dato Sagor here yesterday.
As he expects most of his homemade treats to be sold out by about 10am, four hours after opening his business, Mohd Nor Azmi said he would close his stall earlier to go home and watch the live telecast of the ceremony with his family.
“It is not everyday that we get to see a new Sultan of Perak enthroned,” said the father of three.
Chauffeur Rashid Yasim, 44, meanwhile, said he thinks that Sultan Nazrin Shah was taking a people-friendly approach for the enthronement by not having any road closures.
“The control is not so tight in the town area, so it doesn’t curb people’s daily activities.
“I have just sent myemployer, who was invited to attend the ceremony, into the palace and drove out.
“Although we were all not allowed inside the palace, I still saw some of the rakyat standing outside the palace gates,” he said, referring to Istana Iskandariah in Bukit Chandan here.
Foreman Goh Heng Huat, 25, said the modest-scale ceremony showed that Sultan Nazrin Shah was mindful when spending.
“I am very supportive of His Royal Highness as our state’s new ruler as he is also a learned person.
“I hope that he will be able to do more for the people, especially Kuala Kangsar folk,” he said.
Goh, who usually visits the area outside Istana Iskandariah with friends whenever there was a palace function, said it was a shame that he had to work during this public holiday.
“Otherwise, I will probably be with my same group of friends walking about outside the palace now just to catch a glimpse of the ceremony taking place,” he said.
Pensioner Paul Shaw, 63, who has been staying in Kuala Kangsar for almost eight years, said he thinks the money used for the enthronement ceremony was well-spent.
“To do things the modest way means that Sultan Nazrin Shah is thinking of the people.
“For a prestigious ceremony like this, it also shows that they are going back to the roots of the country, and I admire His Royal Highness for taking this simple approach.
“To me, simpler things are more beneficial,” he said, adding that he hoped to catch the live telecast of the ceremony at home with his wife later in the day.