Singapore leaders send condolences to Johor Sultan over prince's death

The late Johor Prince Tunku Abdul Jalil Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, son of Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.
The late Johor Prince Tunku Abdul Jalil Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, son of Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean and Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for Law and Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam will pay their last respects to the late Johor Prince Tunku Abdul Jalil Ibni Sultan Ibrahim in Johor Baru on Sunday (Dec 6), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Tunku Jalil died on Saturday at the royal ward of Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor. He was 25.

The fourth of six siblings, the prince had been battling stage four liver cancer after being diagnosed with the illness late last year, reported The New Straits Times. 

MFA said in a statement Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong -- who is unable to attend the prince's funeral because of the PAP Convention -- and Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan have also written to Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar to convey their condolences. 

The text of the letters is appended.

Condolence Letter from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
 
5 December 2015

Your Royal Highness,

Ho Ching and I are deeply saddened by the passing of your beloved son, His Highness Tunku Laksamana Johor Tunku Abdul Jalil Ibni Sultan Ibrahim. We convey our heartfelt condolences to you, Raja Zarith and your family.

Tunku Jalil was well-loved for his compassion, his charitable work for the Johor community and the police, and his passion for the environment and animals. I recall him telling us about his work with the Singapore Zoo, and his walks in our Botanic Gardens. He will always be remembered fondly as a young, humble prince who so readily loved and served his people.

Our thoughts are with you and Raja Zarith and the people of Johor during this difficult period of grief.

With deepest sympathies.

Yours sincerely

LEE HSIEN LOONG

Condolence Letter from Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan

5 December 2015

Your Royal Highness

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your beloved son, His Highness Tunku Laksamana Johor Tunku Abdul Jalil Ibni Sultan Ibrahim.

Tunku Jalil was devoted and generous in his support of the arts, music, sports, and the environment. His care and concern towards the less fortunate also touched the hearts of all Johoreans. He will be missed dearly.

My thoughts and heartfelt sympathies are with you and your family and the people of Johor in this period of bereavement.

Yours sincerely

DR VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN