IPOH: Flags at all premises in Perak are to be flown at half mast as a sign of respect and mourning for the former Sultan of Pahang, Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah ibni Al Marhum Sultan Abu Bakar Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mu'adzam Shah.
In a statement issued on Wednesday (May 22), Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said it was decreed by Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.
“His passing is not only felt by the people of Pahang, but also in Perak.
“All flags in Perak are to fly at half mast until the completion of the royal burial ceremony,” he said.
“We pray that his soul be blessed and placed among the beloved disciples of the Prophet,” he added.
Sultan Ahmad Shah, 88, died at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur at about 8.50am on Wednesday (May 22).
Ahmad Faizal said Sultan Nazrin, Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim and the people of Perak are saddened by his passing.
“On behalf of the state and its people, I express my condolences to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, His Majesty's family and the Pahang Royal Household.
“Sultan Ahmad Shah has left behind many contributions as the fifth Pahang Sultan and seventh Agung for state, country and the people.
“He is a Sultan known for being close to the people, friendly and approachable by all,” Ahmad Faizal said.
“He also leaves behind legacies in various fields, including religion, social issues, welfare and sports,” he added.