PEKAN: Thousands of people bid a tearful farewell to Tengku Datuk Puteri Kamariah Sultan Abu Bakar, who died after being stabbed by her son, at the royal burial ground here.
State royalty, led by Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang and his son Tengku Mahkota Tengku Abdullah, were among the first to pay their respects to Tengku Puteri Kamariah.
Many were seen sobbing softly while some offered words of comfort to the late princess’ immediate family members.
Earlier, the body of Tengku Puteri Kamariah was placed at her residence, Villa Ismaputri, in Kuantan for relatives and friends to pay their last respects.
The body was brought in a hearse to the royal burial ground next to the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque here.
TEARFUL FAREWELL: The daughters of Tengku Puteri Kamariah and her eldest son TunkuIskandar Zulkarnain grieving during herfuneral at the royal burial ground inPekan Tuesday.
Tengku Puteri Kamariah’s seven other children – Tunku Iskandar Zulkarnain, 40, Tunku Sara Eliza, 37, Tunku Diana Kurina, 35, Tunku Ennie Fakia, 34, Tunku Zaza Faranaz Noraini, 28, Tunku Liza Natalia, 24, and Tunku Rizal Ramadan, 21 – were present to perform the last rites.
Her husband, Tunku Datuk Ismail Tunku Sulaiman, 69, was still in the intensive care unit of the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital in Kuantan.
He underwent a five-hour operation and is reported to be in stable condition.
Among the dignitaries who attended the funeral were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and his wife Tengku Datin Seri Nur Marsila Tengku Abdullah, and Deputy Transport Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar, who is also Tengku Puteri Kamariah’s brother.
State assembly Speaker Datuk Wan Mohd Razali Wan Mahussin, High Court judge Datuk Mohamed Apandi Ali, Judicial Commissioner Datuk Halim Aman, state police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Razak Bokhari, state exco members and several state assemblymen were also present.
In contrast, the burial ceremony of Tunku Rizal Shahzan was a quiet affair.
None of the VIPs or royalty stayed back to pay their respects, with the exception of several of his siblings.
He was laid to rest at the Muslim burial ground nearby after 1pm.
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