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Agong’s personal flag to fly at half-mast following demise of UAE President

KUALA LUMPUR, May 14 (Bernama) — Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has given his consent for the private flag of Yang di-Pertuan Agong to be flown at half-mast at Istana Negara for 5 consecutive days beginning right this moment.

Comptroller of the Royal Household for Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, in a press release, mentioned this was to indicate His Majesty’s mourning over the passing of the President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday.

Ahmad Fadil mentioned Al-Sultan Abdullah additionally ordered the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council and the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia to carry Yasin and tahlil recitation ceremonies at mosques within the federal territories for 3 days starting right this moment.

“His Majesty also called on his subjects to pray for Sheikh Khalifa’s soul to be blessed by Allah SWT and placed among the righteous and those who do good deeds,” he mentioned.

According to Ahmad Fadil, Al-Sultan Abdullah had contacted Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan by telephone yesterday to personally convey his condolences to him and his household.

Al-Sultan Abdullah and Sheikh Mohamed turned mates on the Royal Sandhurst Military Academy in 1978 and 1979 and the shut friendship between the 2 leaders has remained to today.

Apart from that, Malaysia and UAE even have shut and pleasant bilateral relations at numerous ranges, together with between the leaders of the 2 nations and their fellow residents.

Ahmad Fadil mentioned His Majesty has agreed to go away for Abu Dhabi on Sunday (May 15) to affix different heads of state to pay their final respects to Sheikh Khalifa.

The ceremony for paying final respects to Sheikh Khalifa is scheduled to be held for 3 days from right this moment till May 16.

— BERNAMA



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