Johor prince laid to rest

Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar kissing his son Tunku Abdul Jalil Sultan Ibrahim.
Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar kissing his son Tunku Abdul Jalil Sultan Ibrahim. PHOTO: SIN CHEW DAILY/SULTAN JOHOR OFFICIAL

JOHOR BARU (The Star/Asia News Network) - Johor prince Tunku Abdul Jalil Sultan Ibrahim was laid to rest at the Mahmoodiah Royal Mausoleum at 3.20pm on Sunday (Dec 6), a day after he died of liver cancer at the age of 25.

Earlier, the casket bearing Tunku Abdul Jalil was brought out of the Grand Palace, or Istana Besar, after Zohor prayers at 1.20pm.

The coffin was carried by the prince's father, Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, his brother, Crown Prince Tunku Ismail, as well as the prince's other male siblings.

The hearse that carried the coffin to the Royal Mausoleum, 3km away, was pulled by 30 Johor Military Force soldiers on foot.

Sultan Ibrahim, 57, personally inspected the coffin before the procession started at 1.27pm.

The ruler and other members of the royal family joined in the procession, followed by state officials and members of the public. Malaysian politicians led by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and foreign dignitaries including Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam had earlier paid their respects to the late prince.

The fourth of six children of Sultan Ibrahim, Tunku Abdul Jalil was born in Johor Baru on July 5, 1990.

He graduated in zoology from a university in Britain and was a volunteer zookeeper at the Singapore Zoo for about a year and at the London Zoo for two years.

He created history as the first member of the Johor royal household to serve in the police force after completing his police training for nine months.

Crown Prince Tunku Ismail, 31, has paid tribute to his younger brother, calling him a source of strength and inspiration.

“Out of all the sleepless nights, tonight is the most difficult for me,” said Tunku Ismail in a post on Johor Southern Tigers Facebook’s page on Saturday.

“You are our strength and inspiration. You have the one quality that none of us possess; your humble, loving heart.

"I love you with all my heart and I miss you dearly. You will never be forgotten. Your name will be carried by my bloodline. Your smile will be my strength."