To be a citizen of Selangor.
For a man like the Sultan to pay his respects to two teachers shows just how much he values education for another. That he actually came down from his dais is a mark of profound respect. I am glad that in the current situation where everything seems to be all gloom and doom, there’s a ray of Hope. That there are still people who respect the elderly and those who care enough about our country to honour those who have given their lives to it.
Edit: Just after writing that I got the chills. I wonder if it’s from the cold or something else… Hmm…
Wife of Edit: Full article reproduced below because NST will take it off after a week:
KLANG: Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has always been known for not standing on ceremony. And yesterday he showed exquisite consideration for the two elderly recipients of the Dato Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (DSIS) award. Breaking with protocol, he stepped down to confer the award, which carries the title Datin Paduka, on Mother Mangalam Iyaswamy Iyer and Sister Enda Ryan. Normally recipients have to step up onto the dais and approach the throne.
Mangalam, 81, said she was touched by the Sultan of Selangor’s gesture.
“I experienced the human side of royalty and I am proud to receive the award from him,” she said, adding that he asked her to advise the Indian community not to be extreme, saying that he cares for them.
Ryan, the 79-year-old founder and first principal of Assunta Secondary School in Petaling Jaya, said she felt honoured and humbled.
She added that she was receiving the award “on behalf of her Franciscan Missionary of Mary Order, which has long served the country in the field of education. I know there are other more deserving people, and I am humbled by the award”.
Ryan said she was pleasantly surprised that two of her former pupils were also receiving awards at the investiture ceremony, held in conjunction with the sultan’s 62nd birthday at Balairong Seri, Istana Alam Shah.
The prime minister’s wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah received the Seri Paduka Mahkota Selangor (SPMS), which carries the title Datin Paduka Seri. And Education Ministry parliamentary secretary P. Komala Devi received the Dato Paduka Mahkota Selangor (DPMS) award, which carries the title Datin Paduka.
“They are living proof and fruit of the seeds we sowed as teachers,” said Ryan.
A total of 34 datukships were conferred by the sultan.