Royalty rides into heritage city to honour frontliners

The Raja Muda of Perlis (yellow jersey, centre) and Yew (left) stopping by the Lee Jetty to mingle with local residents during the National Day ride in George Town, Penang. — Photo: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

PENANG’S dedicated cycling lanes were graced by the Perlis royalty when the Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail and a retinue of about 120 cyclists tried them out on National Day.

His Royal Highness and the group rode 18km from City Hall to Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge in Batu Maung.

They stopped by several spots for sightseeing and photos to experience the lanes and promote patriotism in the community.

The Raja Muda even stopped by the Lee Jetty off Weld Quay and delighted residents there with his presence.

They waved Jalur Gemilang flags at passing motorists and wished passers-by Selamat Hari Kebangsaan along the journey.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin said he had been organising cycling rides while waving Jalur Gemilang flags along the southern Thai border since 2014.

This year’s ride took them to Penang in view of the movement control order and border closure amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The ride allows me to get close to the people and foster unity among them.

“Sacrifices of the nation’s warriors and heroes need to be recognised, and the peacefulness we experience today is thanks to sacrifices of past leaders.

“The ride is dedicated to frontliners who have been working hard in keeping people safe, ” he said before starting the ride at about 3pm on National Day.

His Royal Highness was joined by Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang, Penang police chief Comm Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan and about 120 other cyclists.

They comprised heads of various government departments and agencies from Penang and Perlis.

Their stops included one at GSD Cycling Park near Queensbay where His Highness planted a Sea Hibiscus to commemorate his visit.

For the record, His Highness’ past National Day rides were held in Padang Besar-Hat Yai (2014), Satun (2015), Songkhla (2017), Pakbara (2018) and Chana (2019).

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