PM pays last respects to Sultan Ahmad Shah

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KUALA LUMPUR (May 22): Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali today paid their last respects to Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar at Istana Negara.

His official vehicle, escorted by a police MPV patrol vehicle, was seen entering Gate One into the compound of Istana Negara at 3.54pm, and Tun Mahathir waved to members of the media covering the event as it passed by.

Also seen visiting the palace to pay their last respects were royal family members, State leaders, Cabinet Ministers and senior Government leaders.

Earlier Tun Mahathir and his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, expressed their condolences to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and the entire Pahang royal family over the passing of Sultan Ahmad Shah today.

It was conveyed through a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.

“May his soul be blessed and placed among the pious,” the statement said.

The remains of Sultan Ahmad Shah are to be taken to the Royal Malaysian Air Force Base (RMAF) in Subang before being flown aboard a special aircraft to the Kuantan RMAF Base in Pahang and thereafter taken to Istana Abu Bakar in Pekan for burial at the Pekan Royal Mausoleum after the Zohor (midday) prayers tomorrow.

Sultan Ahmad Shah, 88, was the fifth Sultan of Pahang and the father of the current Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah.

He handed over the throne to Sultan Abdullah on Jan 12.

He had also served as  the seventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong from April 26, 1979 until April 25, 1984 and had been Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong from Sept 21, 1975.

He had eight children, seven  from his marriage to Tengku Ampuan Pahang Tengku Afzan Tengku Panglima Perang Tengku Muhammad who passed away on June 29, 1988.

He then married Sultanah Hajah Kalsom on March 14, 1991. They were blessed with a son.