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KUCHING, Sept 14: No superstar can beat the excitement and joy generated by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah in the 10-day ‘Kembara Kenali Borneo’ tour.
Political pundit Dato Peter Minos said throughout His Majesty’s 10-day tour starting from Tawau, Sabah on Sept 3 and ending in Telok Melano, Sarawak on Sept 13, the King had made himself an idol loved by Sarawakians and Sabahans.
The King drove a total of 2,154km on the Pan Borneo Highway.
“Where in this world can you find a King like this? So adventurous, so determined and tenacious to do what he wants to do, so keen to meet the people whether young or old, rural or urban, rich or poor, and those by the thousands along the journey.
“Truly respected is the YDP Agong ignoring of protocol when meeting and interacting with the people. He was casual and down to earth. The people really respect and love him for that. This is really and truly the King of and for the people,” said Minos who is also the chairman of Kota Samarahan Municipal Council in a statement.
Minos who was able to meet the King face-to-face during the last leg of His Majesty’s trip at KM0 of Pan Borneo Highway at Telok Melano at Sematan yesterday morning described the experience as “all amazing and wonderful”.
He observed that thousands of people who waited for the King under the hot sun for hours ‘went wild’ with joy and happiness when His Majesty arrived.
“Never had I seen it this way before. The expression of love for the YDP Agong was simply great. It was so natural and so spontaneous, and so so wonderful.
“Let’s hope all leaders of Malaysia everywhere get the inkling and inspiration from the YDP Agong, to be constantly in touch with the people and the ordinary folks, hearing, meeting and knowing their hopes and needs as well as their problems and difficulties, and trying to solve them,” said Minos. — DayakDaily