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  • Tuesday, 17 Dec 2019

Palace tales: Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin at the launch of a book about her journey to the Selangor palace. It is written by her sister Norely (pic below).

SHAH ALAM: Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin hopes to help strays through the sale of a book about her first year in the palace.

“I feel honoured and excited that this book is finally published but at the same time, I was worried because I am not the kind of person who would share my story with others.

“I have been giving excuses to my sister (the writer) to delay the completion of this book, ” said Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin in her speech at the launch of My First Year Journey: From TV News Anchor to Tengku Permaisuri Selangor.

In the book, Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, an award-winning former presenter and avowed animal lover, shares her experiences in the palace.

“I am happy to share with everybody the learning curve I had to pull through during my first year.

“Although it is about my journey, the book also takes readers through the customs, practices and terminologies of the palace.

“Also, I hope it lets people know that it is all right to make mistakes, but it is most important that we learn from them, ” she said.

The author, Datin Dr Norely Abd Rahman, said the writing process was quite challenging as her sister had numerous commitments and responsibilities, among others, as royal patron of the Stray Free Selangor (SFS) campaign.

Norely started writing the book in August 2017, just a few days before the first wedding anniversary of Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, who was a Malaysia Airlines stewardess before joining RTM as a news presenter.The Selangor Ruler launched the book at Pustaka Raja Tun Uda here yesterday.

Norely noted that the subject of her book “is a very busy woman”.

“It is virtually impossible to find time to sit down with her for a discussion.

“But I managed to steal moments during family gatherings, short telephone conversations and shared holidays.

“Sultan Sharafuddin helped with palace terminologies while Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin ensured I wasn’t too carried away with humour, ” said Norely, an educator by training.

Her main aim of writing the book, she added, is to help strays.

Proceeds of the book will be donated to the SFS campaign.

“This book is intended as a light read intertwined with humour. With Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin’s ingredients and my recipe, I hope you’d like the concoction, ” quipped the writer.

Published by Jugra Publications Sdn Bhd, it is Norely’s first book. Only 1,500 copies have been printed and they can be purchased through Selangor Royal Official’s social media platforms.

Also present at the event were Raja Muda of Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Pustaka Raja Tun Uda director Mastura Muhamad.

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