DYMM Sultan Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah mangkat pada usia 89 tahun pada jam kira-kira 2:30 petang tadi di Istana Anak Bukit.
Tuanku Abdul Halim mencipta sejarah apabila beliau menaiki takhta sebagai Yang Dipertuan Agong buat kali kedua pada tahun 2012 dan sebelum itu pada tahun 1970.
DYMM mengakhiri termanya sebagai YDP Agong ke-14 pada hujung tahun lalu dan digantikan dengan Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V.
Tiada lagi sebarang pengumuman rasmi dibuat oleh pihak istana namun Menteri Besar Kedah Datuk Paduka Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah bakal mengadakan satu sidang media untuk memberikan kenyataan rasmi.
Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Halim dilahirkan pada 28 November 1927 dan menaiki takhta sebagai Sultan Kedah selepas kemangkatan ayahandanya Almarhum Sultan Badlishah ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah pada tahun 1958/59.
Almarhum juga turut meninggalkan Tuanku Sultanah Hajah Haminah serta dua anakandanya YTM Tunku Soraya, dan YTM Tunku Dato’ Seri Diraja Puteri Intan Safinaz.
GLAM mengucapkan takziah atas pemergian YTM Almarhum Sultan Kedah Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.
Dearest Tok, Today and forever, Kedah and Malaysia have lost one of their greatest kings. Your dedication to Kedah and Malaysia has inspired me growing up. When you were Agong for the second time at the age of 83, I moved in with you at Istana Negara. It was then that I saw for the first time the behind the scenes of your life. __ I saw you skip your meals to practise your speeches or to be in the office. Which 80-something man would do that? Most of us dream of retiring at 50 if we can! But you never could even if you wanted to. And there were times, more often than people knew, when you were ill but still continued with your Agong and Sultan duties. __ In between functions you would be in the hospital ward. When you would leave the ward, I would watch you on TV looking normal as you greet the the PM, govt ministers and the rakyat. But as soon as the event was over, you would return to the hospital ward with tubes connected to your body. Even on your sickest day, you would be ON TIME. You would never make anyone wait. __ This is the side of a king no one knows. You don't simply sit on a throne and enjoy your riches despite what many ignorantly think. There are sacrifices because you can't have a normal life. There is no privacy and no normal schedule. Your status is an amanah from Allah. __ People are unforgiving when leaders make mistakes and my Tok always made sure he did the very best. When I told him this blog or that person insulted him, he was never angry. He was calm and would simply say: "I did my best." __ You did the very best and more your WHOLE life Tok. The reason I know how to be a good princess is because you taught me how. I love you so much Tok; you're forever my Sultan. Al-Fatihah.