Posted by: austronesia | December 28, 2008

Many Pay Respects to Malaysian King

Many pay last respects to ruler

Monday, December 29, 2008

SINCE 10am today, the Istana Besar Seri Menanti here has been receiving a steady stream of people who came to pay their last respects to the late Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Ja’afar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman, lying in state at the Throne Room of the palace.

Among them were Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and his wife Raja Datin Seri Salbiah Tengku Nujumuddin; former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali; their son Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir; Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and Chief Justice Tan Sri Zaki Tun Azmi.

The remains of Tuanku Ja’afar, who died at 11.45am yesterday, were in a casket draped in yellow placed atop a seven-tiered dais, also draped in yellow.

Four officers, one each from the police force and the three services of the armed forces, were posted at each of the four corners as the casket guard.

Tun Mahathir, when approached, described the death of Tuanku Ja’afar as the loss of great person whom he had known for a long time, even before he had become the prime minister.

‘I had known Tuanku for a long time,” he said.

Tuanku Ja’afar will be laid to rest tomorrow.BernamaTechnorati Tags: , ,

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