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12.09.17 Royal Ceremonial Funeral



His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Deputy Sultan as the personal representative of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, arrived safely in the State of Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia this morning to attend the Royal Ceremonial Funeral of Al-Marhum His Majesty Sultan Al-Mu'tassimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Al-Haj ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, Sultan of Kedah Darul Aman at Istana Anak Bukit, Alor Setar, the State of Kedah Darul Aman.

Upon arrival at the Pulau Pinang International Airport in Bayan Lepas, His Royal Highness was greeted by Abdul Bari bin Abdullah, Mayor of the Langkawi Municipality; and His Excellency Dato Paduka Haji Alaihuddin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Lela Dato Seri Utama Haji Awang Mohd Taha, the High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to Malaysia; and senior officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia and the High Commission of Brunei Darussalam in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His Royal Highness then boarded a motorcade towards Tabung Haji Hotel and Convention Centre at which His Royal Highness resides in Alor Setar, Kedah Darul Aman.

The Deputy Sultan then attended the Royal Ceremonial Funeral of Al-Marhum His Majesty Sultan Al-Mu'tassimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Al-Haj, Sultan of Kedah Darul Aman at Istana Anak Bukit, Alor Setar, and the State of Kedah Darul Aman.

Upon arriving at Istana Anak Bukit, His Royal Highness was greeted by Yang Mulia Dato Lela Putra Dato' Tunku Jaafar Laksamana bin Tunku Nong Jiwa, a member of Kedah Darul Aman's Royal Family. His Royal Highness then proceeded to pay the final respect to Al-Marhum Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Al-Haj, the late Sultan of Kedah Darul Aman.

Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Al-Haj, Sultan Kedah Darul Aman passed away on Monday, 11 September 2017 at 2.30 in the afternoon, at the Istana Anak Bukit, Alor Setar, Kedah Darul Aman. His Majesty, who had reign the State of Kedah Darul Aman for 59 years, was 89 years old. Al-Marhum Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Al-Haj also made a Malaysian history by elected twice as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which was 21 September 1970 until 12 September 1975; and 13 December 2011 until 12 December 2016.

His Majesty Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Al-Haj was born on 28 November 1927. On 14 July 1958, he ascended the throne of the State of Kedah Darul Aman after the demise of his father, Sultan Badlishah ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah. He was installed as the Sultan of Kedah Darul Aman on 20 February 1959.

He received his early education at Sekolah Melayu Titi Gajah, and then went to the Sultan Abdul Hamid College in Alor Setar. In 1952, when he was the Raja Muda of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim attended Wadham College, Oxford, in London, graduating in social science and public administration. The late Sultan Abdul Halim has left Her Majesty Sultanah Hajah Haminah Hamidun and two princesses, Her Royal Highness Dato' Seri Diraja Tunku Soraya; and Her Royal Highness Tunku Temenggong Kedah, Brigader Jeneral Tan Sri Dato' Seri Diraja Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz. Accompanying His Royal Highness to the Royal Ceremonial Funeral was Yang Berhomat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs.

From Istana Anak Bukit, Alor Setar, Kedah Darul Aman, the Deputy Sultan and delegation then proceeded to Pulau Pinang International Airport in Bayan Lepas. Present to bid farewell at the airport were Abdul Bari bin Abdullah, Mayor of the Langkawi Municipality; and His Excellency Dato Paduka Haji Alaihuddin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Lela Dato Seri Utama Haji Awang Mohd Taha, the High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to Malaysia; and senior officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia and the High Commission of Brunei Darussalam in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Doa selamat was recited by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar.

News courtesy of Radio Television Brunei
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