KUALA LUMPUR: It was a proud moment for the Kelantanese as they caught a glimpse of their Sultan arriving at the Istana Negara for his installation as the 15th Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.
Sultan Muhammad V arrived at the palace at Jalan Sultan Abdul Halim (formerly known as Jalan Duta) at 11.24am from Parliament.
The royal motorcade zoomed past the crowd that chanted Allahuakbar (Allah is Great) as the convoy entered the palace gates.
Some were outside the palace entrance from as early as 7am.
Lorry driver Zulkifli Ismail, 37, said his family woke up at 5am so that they could leave their home in Shah Alam in time to catch a glimpse of the new King outside the palace gates.
“I told my children that our Sultan would be the new King and they were excited to follow me to the palace,” said Zulkifli, whose hometown is Tumpat.
His daughters Nurain Qistina Safiah, 11, and Nurul Izzah, eight, happily waved a Kelantan flag.
Zulkifli said as a Kelantanese, he was proud that his Sultan would be the King for the next five years.
“He is a Sultan with jiwa rakyat. From the way he speaks to what he wears, he is truly people-oriented.
“When he goes to the mosque, there are no bodyguards around him,” he said, adding that Sultan Muhammad V would usually drive himself to meet the people.
Persatuan Anak Kelantan Perantauan Malaysia (Perakan) president Hamdzah Abdul Rahman, 49, said almost 200 Kelantanese nationwide came to the palace yesterday morning to catch a glimpse of Sultan Muhammad V.
“We came in about 30 cars. We have been waiting for this moment as we are very proud that our Sultan is selected to be the new Agong.
“He is a very down-to-earth leader. With his new role as the King, I hope that all Malaysians will be able to see his humble nature,” the engineer said.
Tourists were seen taking photos with the motorcades of state leaders arriving for the installation outside the palace gates.
Many Kelantanese also shared their joy on social media.
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