Thursday August 28, 2003
Sultanah Bahiyah laid to rest in Royal Mausoleum
ALOR STAR: Kedah's Sultanah Bahiyah Tuanku Abdul Rahman was laid to rest at the Royal Mausoleum in Langgar, near here, yesterday in a ceremony steeped in royal tradition.
She was buried at 3.25pm beside the tomb of Tunku Yaacob Sultan Abdul Hamid, uncle of the Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.
Sultanah Bahiyah, who had turned 73 on Sunday, died at 12.23pm on Tuesday at Istana Kuala Cegar, located within the grounds of Istana Anak Bukit, after a long illness.
The burial ceremony began with the beating of the nobat (traditional Malay musical instrument).
As the coffin was lowered into the grave, the nobat was played again to the tune of Raja Beradu.
LAST RESPECTS: Datin Seri Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali wiping away her tears as she and Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad join other dignitaries in extending their condolences to Sultan Abdul Halim in Alor Star Wednesday.
Talkin and doa prayers were then recited by Kedah Mufti Datuk Syeikh Hasbullah Abdul Halim, Kedah Syariah Court Chief Judge Datuk Sheikh Yahaya Jusoh and Kedah Islamic Religious Council president Sheikh Kassim Saad.
Sultan Abdul Halim then sprinkled scented water on the grave, followed by other members of the royalty, including the Kedah royal couple’s daughters, Tunku Datuk Seri Soraya and Tunku Datuk Seri Puteri Intan Safinaz.
The ceremony ended at 4.35pm.
Other members of the Kedah royalty who had been buried at the 302-year-old mausoleum include first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Among those who attended the funeral were Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan Tuanku Ja’afar Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kelantan's Sultan Ismail Petra, Selangor's Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and the Tengku Mahkota of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.
The Negri royal family was led by Tuanku Ja’afar, who is Sultanah Bahiyah’s brother.
Also present were the Raja Muda of Kedah Tunku Abdul Malik,
Others present were Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Syed Razak Syed Zain, Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali, Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung, Kedah MCA chairman Datuk Beh Heng Seong and Kedah state executive councillors.
The hearse, pulled by a jeep, departed from the Istana Anak Bukit here at 1.10pm for the 13km journey to the mausoleum.
Sultan Abdul Halim was among those in the motorcade that followed the hearse.
Thousands of people lined the streets to bid farewell to the Sultanah as the hearse passed through Lebuhraya Darulaman, Jalan Sultanah and Jalan Langgar.
A 73-gun salute was fired during the procession.
Earlier, more than 10,000 people from all walks of life converged at Istana Anak Bukit to pay their last respects to Sultanah Bahiyah, whose body lay in state at the palace’s Dewan Penghadapan (Audience Hall).
The multi-racial crowd came as early as 8am and some waited for more than two hours for their turn to pay their last respects.
Sultanah Bahiyah’s coffin was brought to the Dewan Penghadapan from Istana Kuala Cegar at 10.30am, accompanied by the Kedah royal family led by the Sultan.
Four women bearing pitchers and censers and four men bearing Sultanah Bahiyah’s state awards were in the hearse.
Masjid Zahir imam Sheikh Roslan Abdul Halim led the prayers when the coffin arrived at the Dewan Penghadapan.
From 10.45am to noon, the public were allowed to pay their last respects followed by royalty and dignitaries.
Among the members of the royalty were the Sultan of Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin and Raja Permaisuri Nur Zahirah, Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Bainun and Tengku Mahkota of Johor Tengku Ibrahim Sultan Ismail and his consort Raja Zarith Sofiah.
The dignitaries included Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datin Seri Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Penang Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas and consort Toh Puan Majimor Shariff, Malacca Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Syed Ahmad Shahabuddin and consort Toh Puan Marfuza Sheikh Ahmad, Cabinet Ministers, Mentri Besars and Chief Ministers.
The nobat played Raja Berangkat as the Sultanah’s coffin left the Dewan Penghadapan for the Royal Mausoleum.