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Perak sultan’s son laid to rest


FINAL JOURNEY: Thousands, including royals and dignitaries, pay last respects to Raja Ashman

DATUK Seri Raja Ashman Shah, the second son of Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah, was laid to rest at the royal mausoleum located next to the majestic Ubudiah Mosque after asar yesterday.

Despite the overcast sky, the grounds of the royal mausoleum were filled with royalty, dignitaries and members of the public from all walks of life who came to pay their last respects to Raja Ashman, 54.

The hearse bearing the remains of Raja Ashman was brought on a yellow hued dais by members of the security forces from the Iskandariah Palace to the mosque about 6.30pm before burial.

Prayers and talqin for Raja Ashman were read by Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria, before close relatives, including his parents, Sultan Azlan Shah and his consort, Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Bainun, poured rose-scented water and flower petals on his grave.

This was followed by his siblings, Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, Datuk Seri Raja Azureen, Datuk Seri Raja Eleena and Datuk Seri Yong Sofia.

Raja Ashman leaves  wife Datin Seri Noraini Jane Kamarul Ariffin, son Datuk Ahmad Nazim Azlan Shah and  daughters, Raja Eminah Alliyah and Raja Bainunisa Safia.

Earlier in the day, members of the Kedah and Johor royalty, dignitaries and the public came to pay their last respects to  Raja Ashman, whose body was laid at a special room on the second floor of the palace.

Among them were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Also present were Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir,  Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Rural and

Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

Raja Ashman died at his home in Bukit Damansara at 1.30am yesterday.

Raja Ashman is the third of Sultan Azlan Shah and Tuanku Bainun’s five children and fourth in line to the throne.

Known as a down-to-earth and people-friendly royal, Raja Ashman was also an avid hockey fan, often seen with his father, Sultan Azlan Shah, at matches. Sultan Azlan Shah is the Asian Hockey Federation president. Raja Ashman was also involved in social and welfare activities under the Sultan Azlan Shah Foundation .

Raja Ashman was appointed the Raja Kechil Sulong of Perak on March 16, 2010.

He was an  Economics graduate from the University of Nottingham, England; a Master of Laws from Cambridge University; Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn, London; and had a Diploma in Business Law from University of London, England.

He  also held a number of professional positions that included the executive director of Dreamland Holdings Bhd since 1990, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Haqqani Foundation Malaysia  since 1994, Chair of Dwitasik Sdn Bhd and director of KKB Engineering Bhd.

Raja Ashman also holds an Ijazah (permission of investure) in the Naqshbandiya Haqqaniya Order of Sufism from Shaykh as-Sayyid Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Haqqani, the Grand Mufti of Cyprus and Imam of the Naqshbandiya-Haqqaniya Order of Sufism.

Meanwhile, Malaysians, including politicians from both sides of the divide, extended their condolences to the royal family through Facebook and Twitter.

Hishammuddin, in his Facebook posting, said Raja Ashman was extremely close to him while Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, in his Twitter posting, extended his condolences to the royal family.

The body of Datuk Seri Raja Ashman Shah being taken for burial at the royal mausoleum yesterday. Pix by L. Manimaran

The late Datuk Seri Raja Ashman Shah had a string of degrees.

Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah accompanying Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who arrived to pay his last respects to Datuk Seri Raja Ashman Shah.

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