PEKAN: It was tears of unconditional love by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah as he pays his last respects to his father.
The poignant moments in the Throne Room of Istana Abu Bakar touched the hearts of everyone present prior to the final rites of Pahang’s Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah ibni Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mu’adzam Shah.
Seeing the King, who arrived at the palace at 10.40am yesterday with his son, the Regent of Pahang Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah, repeatedly wiping off his tears and hugging each of his siblings, also drew tears from those present.
Even after performing the funeral prayer, led by Pahang Mufti Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Osman, Sultan Abdullah was again seen wiping away emotional tears before turning to hug and offer comfort to the grieving Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Iskandar.
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 and was laid to rest at the Royal Mausoleum here after Zohor prayers.
Clad in all-white attire, Sultan Abdullah also spent some time mingling with dignitaries, members of the public and tahfiz students who came to pay their last respects. — Bernama