For Abdul Rahaman Hashim, the death of the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah ibni al-Marhum Sultan Yusuf Izzuddin Shah, was akin to losing a friend.

Approachable, just, a great administrator and well-liked by the young and old were among the words the head of security of a department store used to describe the late Sultan.

Sultan Azlan Shah, Abdul Rahman said, had a way with people that made one forget about protocol.

“When he visited our booth at an expo, it was he who stretched out his hand for us to shake and not the other way around.

“It would be difficult to get another Sultan like him,” Abdul Rahman toldThe Rakyat Post, recalling the Sultan’s visit in Ipoh about a decade ago when he was attached to a petroleum company.

The 54-year-old, however, hoped that Sultan Azlan Shah’s successor would be just like the former.

Echoing similar sentiments about Sultan Azlan Shah’s cordial nature, Abdul Hanif Ahmad, 53, said the former mingled with all races.

“He was the best for Perak,” the security guard of a goldsmith shop here said, adding that he had once driven all the way to Bagan Datoh just to greet the late Sultan.

Berita Harianreporter Nurhayati Abllah, who was once based in Perak, said the late Sultan was very friendly with the press in the state.

Nurhayati said Sultan Azlan Shah smiled a lot.

Businessman Chow Chin Ee said the Sultan’s death was a great loss to the Chinese community as the latter was a legal expert, while 37-year-old K. Rajendran said while he did not personally know the late Sultan, he knew the man as a great ruler.

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