King, Queen to make working visit to Kuching this Thursday

A view of the Square Tower at Kuching Waterfront as seen from the Darul Hana Bridge.

KUCHING, April 23: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah will be making a two-day working visit here beginning April 25.

A statement from the Sarawak Public Communication Unit, Chief Minister’s Department, said their Majesties’ arrival would be welcomed by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife, Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and his wife, Datin Patinggi Datuk Jumaa’ni Tun Tuanku Bujang, cabinet ministers, heads of government departments and community leaders at the Kuching International Airport in the morning.

In the afternoon, the King and the queen will visit nearby tourist spots, namely India Street Pedestrian Mall and Kuching Waterfront.

Then in the evening, Sultan Abdullah and Raja Permaisuri Agong will attend a dinner reception with Taib and Raghad at a leading hotel. Abang Johari, Jumaa’ni, members of the state cabinet and other distinguished guests will also be present.

Soon after the dinner, the royal couple will witness the musical water fountain at the Kuching Waterfront.

The next morning, His Majesty will be accompanied by Taib to attend a briefing at the State Islamic Council and also to present letters of appointment to the council members.

After that, the King will proceed to Masjid Darul Hana to perform Friday prayers with the local Muslim community.

Meanwhile, at the same time, the Queen will have a separate event at the Old Kuching Courthouse, where she will be accompanied by Jumaa’ni to visit the Ranee Brooke Museum, a handicraft exhibition and to witness a cooking demonstration on traditional food.

Sultan Abdullah and Raja Permaisuri Agong will depart for Kuala Lumpur later in the afternoon. — DayakDaily