SULTAN of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah and Raja Permaisuri of Perak Tuanku Zara Salim, on Wednesday, set off on “Balai Gambang”, a large, decorated boathouse, to visit the tombs of five previous sultans located on the Perak River banks, as part of the ritual of the Sultan of Perak XXXV enthronement ceremony.
The royal couple, who arrived at the Pasir Salak Historical Complex Jetty at 9.30am, were greeted by some 110 flag-waving students from SK Selat Pulau.
Drum beats of a rebana ensemble from Mukim Pulau Tiga Kampung Gajah were heard as Sultan Nazrin Shah, Tuanku Zara and their children, Raja Azlan Muzaffar Shah, who is also Raja Kechil Besar Perak, and Raja Nazira Safya arrived.
Thereafter, a prayer was recited followed by invocations to Prophet Muhammad SAW as the royal couple boarded the Balai Gambang at 9.40am.
Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and wife, Datin Seri Saripah Zulkifli, and other dignitaries also boarded the 4.5tonne Balai Gambang named Cempaka Sari.
Among them were Orang Kaya Bendahara Seri Maharaja General (R) Tan Sri Mohd Zahidi Zainuddin and wife; Datuk Seri Mohd Annuar Zaini and State Secretary, Datuk Seri Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan.
Also present on the Balai Gambang were two nobat performers, two palace servants and Raja Nazira Safya’s nanny.
Accompanying the Balai Gambang on the journey were several boats ferrying safety, medical and media teams, state government leaders as well as Toh Seri Nara Diraja Mohd Shah Nong Chik, Perak Royal Nobat Group head, Toh Setia Guna Abdul Aziz Yahya and Raja Chik Muda Pawang Diraja Raja Rosli Raja Mohamad.
Sultan Nazrin Shah and Tuanku Zara arrived at the tomb of the late Sultan Mahmud Shah, the 16th Perak Sultan in Kampung Pasir Pulai, Kampung Gajah about 10.10am.
The royal couple, looking resplendent in blue baju Melayu and baju kurung took the time to greet the villagers who had waited for their arrival since early morning.
After prayers were recited, the royal couple then sprinkled rose water and scattered flowers on the tomb.
According to Perak history, after the death of the late “Kaharullah” Sultan Iskandar Dzulkarnain in Pulau Indera Sakti, Kuala Sungai Kinta, his younger brother, the late Raja Kimas, was appointed the 16th Sultan of Perak and he was called Sultan Mahmud Shah.
The royal couple then visited the tomb of Sultan Abdul Malik Mansur Shah, the 19th Sultan in Kampung Bandar Baru; Sultan Alauddin Mansur Shah Iskandar Muda (17th) in Kampung Teluk Memali; Sultan Shahabuddin Riayat Shah (21st) in Tanjung Penangguh and Sultan Iskandar Dzulkarnain (15th) in Pulau Indera Sakti Pasir Panjang Ulu.
The arrival of the royal couple at Kampung Terengganu Jetty, Teluk Intan, at 2.35pm was greeted by a crowd of over 1,000 people, who also took the opportunity to photograph the royal couple.
The royal couple then travelled by road to visit the tomb of Sultan Abdullah Muhammad Shah 1, the 22nd Sultan of Perak in Kampung Durian Sebatang, Teluk Intan, followed by the tombstone of Raja Kecil Tengah Raja Ahmad Waliullah in Kampung Pulau Besar, Kampung Gajah Batu Raja Kecil.
The royal couple made pilgrimage to 32 tombs of sultans, two tombs of rulers and two tombstones, following the Istiadat Tabal Adat (The Customary Enthronement) and Istiadat Tabal Pusaka (The Invocation of the Perak Guardian Spirits) on May 6 and 7. — Bernama