Sunday, August 18

Preparations for King’s installation in full swing

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KUALA LUMPUR: Preparations for installation of the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, which will take place on July 30, are going well with 80 per cent already completed.

Deputy secretary-general of the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Hasnol Zam Zam Ahmad said meticulous preparations were necessary to ensure that all the events planned in conjunction with the historic occasion would proceed well.

“The ceremony is a long process and must be conducted meticulously as it involves various elements including protocol,” he said when appearing as a guest at the Nine11 talk show of Bernama News Channel (BNC) at Wisma Bernama here yesterday.

According to him, there were several events planned in conjunction with the installation ceremony such as Yasin reciting, Doa Selamat and Solat Hajat, a royal banquet, visit by the Queen to the Cheras Rehabilitation Centre, Kuala Lumpur and Raja Kita Exhibition at the Royal Museum, Kuala Lumpur.

Additionally, he said there would be a special sermon delivered before Friday Prayers at the National Mosque.

Meanwhile, the royal banquet will feature a special menu, incorporating the personal touches of Raja  Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.

Sharing the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s personality in dealing with the ceremonial preparations, Hasnol said His Majesty was friendly, approachable and often shared ideas.

“His Majesty often gives ideas on how things can be done better than before and he also offers a lot of new ideas while ensuring that old traditions are maintained,” he said. — Bernama