Malaysians woke up to a shocking news two days ago that our former Sultan of Pahang, Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah, passed away on Wednesday’s morning at 8.50am.
The former Pahang Ruler died at the age of 88 and he took his last breath at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur after suffering from health difficulties for some time.
Yesterday (May 23) was a public holiday in the state and all entertainment outlets were told to cease business for three days since Wednesday, The Star reported.
China Press confirmed that Genting Highlands’ casino is currently closed for three days. However, other businesses are as usual.
It is reported that Genting Highlands has only ceased its 24-hour casino operation twice and they were closed for 12 hours.
Pahang state has also declared a 40-day of mourning for the public.
“Pahang flags will fly at half-mast from today for 40 days as a mark of respect for the late Ruler. No entertainment events or programmes will be held in Pahang between noon today and noon Saturday (three days) as a mark of respect,” State secretary Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak said in a press conference on Wednesday.
All mosques and suraus throughout the state will hold tahlil prayers every night within this period.
Sultan Ahmad Shah was proclaimed as the fifth Sultan of Pahang on May 7, 1974. He abdicated as the Pahang ruler in January and his eldest son, Sultan Abdullah, succeeded him later on January 12.
Sultan Abdullah became the 6th Sultan of Pahang and on January 24, he was chosen as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
Bernama reported Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustaffa Billah Shah was weeping yesterday when his father’s body was brought back to Pahang’s palace.
The King continued to shed tears after the funeral prayer led by Pahang Mufti Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Osman.
Our prayers are with you, Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah.
If you are going to Genting, take note that its casino will only be back in business this Saturday noon (May 25).
Do share this news with your friends and family if you are heading there this weekend.