AN ODE TO PAPA by Princess Intan Safinaz

Many know the hard work of YTM Tunku Temenggong Kedah Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Diraja Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz binti Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah of her commitment to her late mother’s charity Yayasan Sultanah Bahiyah (YSB) and it’s valuable community work through education, community development, health and environmental issues. Many also know of the Princess’ commitment to her State, her Country and her family. The Princess continues to set very high standards, few royals have worked as hard as this charming lady, in a truly humanitarian way. As a philanthropist, benefactorpatron and good Samaritan Tunku Puteri is rapidly becoming a great social reformer.

It is therefore not surprising that Tunku Puteri has just demonstrated another rare gift, that of poetic creative thought and imagination, together with the eloquence of expression in penning an emotional ode, which she dedicated to her father the late Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.

Also reported in The New Straits Times by Embun Majid.  “In the poem titled “An Ode to Papa”, the Tunku Temenggong Kedah recalls the memories she shared with her father during his 59-year tenure as the Sultan of Kedah”. Whom, upon his demise, was the oldest surviving Monarch after Queen Elizabeth II.

The youngest daughter of the late Sultan Abdul Halim shares the private moment that she had with her father on the morning just before he passed away.

She describes how Sultan Abdul Halim held her hand tightly as if bidding farewell to her on that Monday morning.

Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz also wrote her father had dedicated his life to give his very best to the people, the state and also the country.

In the poem, she expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the tributes and honours paid to her late father after his demise.

“To all those that came from so far and near, who prayed for this man that they hold so dear.

“For the King who lived with this quiet respect, thank you to all, my gratitude now a debt,” she wrote.

Sultan Abdul Halim, 89, passed away at Istana Anak Bukit at 2.30pm on Monday.

The royal funeral was held on Tuesday 12 September 2017, steeped deep in traditions, at the Royal Mausoleum in Langgar.


September 11, in the early noon

A day I have dreaded had come all too soon

The air seemed calm but the clocks stood still

For He has gone it did not seem real

Our King has returned to Allah, they mourn

By all those who loved him as one of their own

To them he is and will always be

The people’s Sultan and King, not just Father to me

You said your goodbye with dignity and calm

You held my hand with strength after dawn

You are now with God forever to rest

This is still a concept too raw to process

For He was our guide, pillar and compass

For my sister and I and our family he helped us

As father and grandfather he always stood tall

A brother, an uncle and role model for all

Bright smiles and laughter for now they still grate

But it was not their hearts they felt break

No more shared meals and views to refer

No stories recalled, no facts to confer

The tributes and honour paid by Kings and Queens

Words of farewell, memories reflected in dreams

The flags are now all at half-mast

Remembering the man, the King that has passed

“I have done my best” always something he said

To lead not by words but by things that he did

Three hundred times a year he’d commit

For the people, the children there was never a quit

For the 59 years and King he was twice

Showed that Kingship was not pomp and circumstance

‘Twas a privilege with a high price to pay

A life of service and humility each day

To all those that came from so far and near

Who prayed for this man that they hold so dear

For the King who lived with this quiet respect

Thank you to all, my gratitude now a debt

I will not ask to turn off the lights

I will not walk into that dark night

I will carry you now and remember your smile

With it, walk on that extra mile

Stripes are left once the tiger departs

Sultan Abdul Halim will remain in our hearts

Good night sweet prince, your day is now done

We come from Allah and we Return to the One.

Al Fatihah.

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