SHAH ALAM: Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has given his consent for the state flag to be flown at half-mast for three days from tomorrow as a sign of respect for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Sept 8.
State secretary Datuk Haris Kasim said the decree was also to express Sultan Sharafuddin’s good relationship with Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after 70 years on the throne.
“In accordance with the decree, the state executive council, which met yesterday (Wednesday), has ordered all departments and agencies in Selangor to fly the state flag at half-mast with the consent of the Sultan of Selangor,” he said in a statement yesterday, reported Bernama.
The state funeral service of the Queen, who died at the age of 96, will be held at Westminster Abbey on Monday.
On Sept 9, Bernama reported that the Pahang flag was flown half-mast for three days from Sept 10, in line with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’s directive.
The King and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah will represent Malaysia at the state funeral ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah said this at the Foreign Ministry’s outstanding service award ceremony on Wednesday.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob visited the British High Commission’s residence to sign the condolence book.
In a statement, Charles Hay, British High Commissioner to Malaysia, said: “I am immensely touched by the message of condolence from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri, as well as the outpouring of affection and respect by Malaysians from all walks of life. It is heartening to receive such support in Malaysia as the United Kingdom mourns the passing of The Queen.”