PEKAN (Bernama): The tears shed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustaffa Billah Shah as he paid his last respects to his father, Pahang’s Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah Sultan Abu Bakar, touched the hearts of everyone in the Throne Room of Istana Abu Bakar here.
Seeing the King, who arrived at the palace at 10.40am with his son, the Regent of Pahang Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah on Thursday (May 23), repeatedly wiping off his tears and hugging each of his siblings, drew tears from the eyes of those present.
Later, after performing the funeral prayer led by Pahang Mufti Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Osman, Sultan Abdullah was again seen wiping away tears before turning to hug and offer comfort the grieving Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.
Sultan Ahmad Shah reigned as the fifth Sultan of Pahang for almost 45 years before his eldest son, Sultan Abdullah, was announced as his successor on Jan 12.
He died at the age of 88 at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur at 8.50am on Wednesday (May 22) and the would be laid to rest at the Royal Mausoleum here after Zohor prayer on Thursday. – Bernama