Tuesday, October 5, 2010

In The Shadows of A King

The peace and quiet of spanking new business enclave of "The Strand" in Kota Damansara was broken yesterday afternoon when the King came a-calling.

His Majesty the Yang DiPertuan Agong Sultan Mizan, unassuming as he has always been (a trait well-known to his Terengganu subjects), was there to officiate at the opening of the new building for PESAT (Persatuan Anak-anak Terengganu di Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan).

Present were some 200 guests led by Terengganu Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamad Said and his Exco.

The guest list included several Terengganu-born Ministers and MPs, members of Terengganu royalty, corporate and business personalities, as well as selected members of PESAT.

The four-and-a-half storey building, purchased to the tune of RM4 million some time this year, will, among others, be the hub of information for those seeking to know more about the East Coast State, in particular business & investment opportunities and tourism.

The building will also act as the point of convergence for Terengganuese living out-of-state to meet and keep themselves in the loop of matters concerning their home state.

Pak Abu and I arrived at 2pm, an hour ahead of event proper as per invitation. My stomach by then was making wild music; we were too rushed to lunch before leaving.

But we more than made up for it after the official ceremony, with satay, mee rebus and kuih muih. His Majesty however didn't stay for the makan-makan; he was fasting.

Now, if you see Makcik Taman Tun with mouth drooping, looking miserable in the third picture above, you know why. Muka lapar tuu..

But Makcik's mood improved considerably after she saw an image of herself in one of the pictures displayed. Such vanity!


Bergen said...

Next time I promise myself to attend PESAT function. Insya'Allah.

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Puteri,
Mama said: banyok peteh PESAT tuh! maghi buka 'jjabat di Sydney etek? purrr....meow!

AWANG said...

Tahniah kepad PESAT atas bangunan baru. "Comey dang baru mmetoh!"

Miz Lavender said...

Best la 'makchik' ni. Brgaul dengan Raja sekali.
Jealous I.Huhu.

Kama At-Tarawis said...

berg & awang - sunday ning, double celebrations of raya open house & rai pembukaan bangunan baru. semua orang 'ganu di kl & sgor dijemput. nanti i post details esok. mari jangang tok mari.. kalu nok makang ganu food la..

cat - pesat is lucky to hv full state gomen support... alhamdulillah. aiseh, if buka cawangan down under, i wanna go man it lah..lol

lav - sultan kita baik sokmo, dia berjiwa rakyat, alhamdulillah. dan mokcik bergaul dengan semua orang.. rajalingam & rajakumari pong! :-)

pakmat said...

..ahh..to be humble without losing your self respect and proud without losing your humility..the hallmark of a true king..a gentleman...more so a lady..:) cheers..

tireless mom said...

I passed this building almost every weekend. Didnt know that it is not officiated yet but already operational kan. Congratulations to PESAT members.

kay_leeda said...

Confirm Mok Cik tu muko lapa..he he. Beautiful place. Ada tempat utk makang nasik dagang tak?

Congratulations PESAT.

Kama At-Tarawis said...

pakmat - not only baginda takdok airs, hensem pulok tuh pakmat! ...hehehe

yatt - they have a secretariat in place there. i like it because the office is quite near our place in tmn tun..

kay - masa bulan puasa perut cukup berdisiplin tapi bila habis puasa terus mintak makan aja kerjanya.. camno nak kurus .. lol

Uncle Lee said...

Hello Kama At-Tarawis, I was at Kotastar's place noticed your callsign and busybody over.
Wow! Nice pics of his Majesty.
Incidentally my wife and I was invited to a royal dinner with his Majesty when he was here in Toronto on 22nd Sept.

I posted about the dinner last week.
Love your stylish eloquence....
And very interesting reading.
You have a pleasant week and keep a song in your heart, best regards, Lee.

Kama At-Tarawis said...

Hiya Uncle Lee, what a pleasant surprise! Tq for dropping by. He's a right proper gentleman, Sultan Mizan, isn't he..am glad you & the missus had the opportunity of meeting the royal couple when they were in Toronto last month...

D said...

I must say, the King is really a humble man. Him fasting on that days says a lot already. :)

Kama At-Tarawis said...

D - if there is one thing to be said about terengganu royals, it's that they have always been very well grounded... no airs, no scandals, nothing sensational.. and Tuanku Mizan is no different.. and kebanyakan well-schooled in agama.

Mat Cendana said...

The Strand is in Kota Damansara? Hey, that's my place! Or at least that's the address in my IC since a few months ago. Yup, after 25 years with the rural address of 17040 Pasir Mas, it's now decidedly `city'. Trouble is, I wouldn't be able to find where this new address if I'm on my own.

The roads here scare me. Usually I don't know where I am. I did manage to drive from Batang Kali to Desa Jaya, Kepong twice but that's only because there's someone to guide me. I don't know how I'm going to manage on my own.

Anonymous said...

Maaf Puang,

Saya pong orang Terengganu dang saya dengar Raja kita orang yang baik. Puasa pulok tu. Alhamdulillah.

Tapi saya rasa ada beberapa perkara yang tak menyenangkang. Tuangku kita orang yang takut kepada Allah dan seorang Raja yang berjiwa rakyat. Pertama, saya mitok, berhentilah sembah menyembah tu. Apa salahnya kalau tundok saja. Sembah menyembah ni bukang resam Islam.

Kedua, saya mintak Tuangku kita tahang sikit orang-orang yang merosakkang bandor Kuala Terengganu. Habis rombok rumoh-rumoh lama, pindoh randoh orang-orang yang tinggal di situ zamang berzamang. Buleh deh?

Kama At-Tarawis said...

mat c - driving in the city nih, after a while you'll get the hang of it for sure. evedn i yg dah almost four decades in kl ni pun sesa' para' sometimes.. hehehe..

anon - saya pun bukanlah berkenan sangat bab-bab angkat sembah nih. ianya cultural more than anything else.. i think diserap daripada hindu culture. ramai jugak orang tak angkat sembah doh ler ni. kita pakat2 toksoh buat la, insyaallah lama-lama ia pupus dengan sendirinya. tang perobohan rumoh2 lama di KT tu, sepatutnya kita lebih vocal dok? mungkin buleh raise isu kat pesat..