KUALA KANGSAR: About 15,000 people are expected converge to this town on Saturday to celebrate the royal wedding of Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah to Zara Salim Davidson.
Kuala Kangsar OCPD Supt Zakaria Pagan urged visitors to heed directional signages, which will be put up by the police to avoid congesting the town. Supt Zakaria said with the royal wedding reception at Istana Iskandariah in Bukit Chandan and jamuan rakyat (people’s feast) at the Arena Square here from 8.30pm onwards, traffic along several roads had to be streamlined.
“This is to enable invited guests and the public to attend both events without difficulties,” Supt Zakaria said.
In Seri Iskandar, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali said political parties in the state would hold their own charity programmes to celebrate the royal wedding.
He said on his part, he would give a lunch treat to children of an orphanage in Pengkalan Hulu. “A fireworks display, sponsored by the MCA and the Chinese community, is among the events lined up for the celebration,” he said.
Tajol Rosli said the prince had initially requested the celebrations to be on a small scale but relented after he was informed that the money would not come from the state’s coffers. Meanwhile, Bernama reports that heads of state and federal departments as well as statutory bodies in Perak, were barred from buying advertisement space in newspapers in conjunction with the wedding.
Raja Nazrin, 50, will marry Zara, a grandniece of first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, in a simple ceremony at Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar today. This will be followed by a special proclamation ceremony tomorrow in which Zara would be bestowed the official title of Raja Puan Besar of Perak.
The Mentri Besar’s press secretary Khuzaini Anuar Bek clarified that the special lunch treat for 2,500 orphans and old folks held in conjunction with the marriage would be sponsored by the Perak Barisan Nasional and not the state government.
Report by The Star, 17 May 2007