Pahang declares May 23 a state holiday, 40-day mourning period for Sultan Ahmad Shah

Published on 22 May 2019 5:40:19 PM

Pahang has declared a state holiday on Thursday to allow the people to pay their last respects to the late Sultan, Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah ibni Al Marhum Sultan Abu Bakar Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mu'adzam Shah.

State secretary Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak said members of the public could pay their respects at the Balairung Seri of Istana Abu Bakar in Pekan from Wednesday night until 9am Thursday while members of royal families, ministers and dignitaries would be allowed to do so beginning 11am Thursday.

The remains of Sultan Ahmad Shah is expected to arrive at the Royal Malaysian Air Force's Kuantan air base at about 5pm Wednesady before being taken to Istana Abu Bakar in Pekan.

Dr Sallehuddin added that the late Ruler's remains would be buried at the royal burial grounds next to the Sultan Ahmad Shah Mosque in the town after Zohor prayers on Thursday.