Johor Sultan's mother dies at age 83

Enche' Besar Hajah Khalsom Abdullah died in London on June 1, 2018.
Enche' Besar Hajah Khalsom Abdullah died in London on June 1, 2018. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SULTAN IBRAHIM SULTAN ISKANDAR

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar's mother Enche' Besar Hajah Khalsom Abdullah died in London on Friday (June 1). She was 83.

In a post on Sultan Ibrahim's official Facebook page, he uploaded a picture of his mother with the words "Al Fatihah".

Meanwhile, Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, through his Instagram post, paid his respects to his late grandmother.

"June 1, Friday. Al-Fatihah. Will miss you tok," he said in the caption of a black and white picture of himself and Khalsom.

Johor Royal Court Council president Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli said she died at King Edward VII's Hospital in London at around 7.55pm (London time) on Friday.

He said that the state flag will be flown at half-mast to mark the passing of Enche' Besar Hajah Khalsom Abdullah, starting on Saturday (June 2) until the burial ceremony.

"Enche' Besar Hajah Khalsom Abdullah's body will be placed at Istana Besar for members of royalty and the public to pay their last respects before burial at the Mahmoodiah Royal Mausoleum," Abdul Rahim said in a press conference at Sultan Ibrahim building in Bukit Timbalan here.

He said a semi-state funeral will be held for Enche Besar Hajah Khalsom, adding that no media would be allowed into Istana Besar and the Royal Mausoleum.

He said the Johor Royal Court Council will provide an update as to when the public can pay their last respects and the burial ceremony.