PETALING JAYA: Former Pahang ruler Sultan Ahmad Shah passed away at 8.50am, Bernama reported today.
Quoting Pahang Menteri Besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, it said Sultan Ahmad Shah, 88, died at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur where he was said to have been undergoing intensive treatment.
Sultan Ahmad Shah, who served as Pahang ruler for almost 45 years, abdicated in January this year. He had been ill for some time.
He was succeeded by his son, Tengku Abdullah, who went on to become the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 31.
Sultan Ahmad Shah himself served as the seventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong from April 26, 1979 to April 25, 1984.
He received his early education at the Malay School in Pekan and continued his secondary education at Malay College Kuala Kangsar in Perak.
After the Second World War, he continued his studies at the Clifford School in Kuala Lipis.
He pursued his higher education in public administration at Worcester College, Oxford University, and Exeter University, Devon, in the UK.
He married Tengku Afzan Tengku Muhammad on April 22, 1954. They had two sons and five daughters, including Tengku Abdullah.
After Tengku Afzan’s death in 1988, he married Sultanah Kalsom with whom he had another son, Tengku Fahd Mu’adzam Shah.
In a statement, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali expressed their condolences.
“May his soul be blessed and placed among the righteous,” they said.
The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, has ordered that the state flag be flown at half-mast from today until tomorrow due to the death of Sultan Ahmad Shah.