KOTA BARU: It was with a mixture of pride and sadness that Kelantan folks lined the road leading to the airport in Pengkalan Chepa to see off the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V.
Waving the Jalur Gemilang and the state flag, they waited for him along a 15km stretch from Istana Negri in Kubang Kerian from as early as 6am yesterday.
Among the dignitaries to see Sultan Muhammad V off at the airport was his mother, Tengku Anis Tengku Abdul Hamid, and his younger brother and Acting Kelantan Sultan, Tengku Dr Muhammad Fa’iz ibni Sultan Ismail Petra.
Also present were Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed and other state VIPs.
Scores of people wept quietly as Sultan Muhammad V embraced his mother and sought her blessing to carry out his duties as the country’s new Agong. He then left in a private jet.
Earlier, the official ceremony at Istana Negri kicked off at 7.50am with the departure of Sultan Muhammad V, accompanied by the playing of the national and state anthems and a 21-gun salute.
Sultan Muhammad V also inspected a 107-personnel military parade mounted by the Fifth Royal Regiment and led by Mejar Mohd Saiful Azly.
Kelantan mufti Datuk Mohamad Shukri Mohamad then recited prayers after which the national anthem was played again before the King left the palace for the airport.
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