Saturday March 29, 2008
Thousands cheer as Agong returns
By R.S.N. MURALI
KUALA TERENGGANU: Some 25,000 people gathered outside the Sultan Mahmod airport here on Saturday, and on the road leading to the airport, to welcome the Yang-Di Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin.
The King arrived at the airport at about 10am. He was greeted with shouts of “Daulat Tuanku” (long live the king) and some among the crowd donned yellow attire and tied ribbons of the same colour on their vehicles in support of the King.
Tuanku Mizan waved to his subjects while making his way from the airport to Istana Maziah with the Regent of Terengganu.
The huge crowd also caused a bottleneck at the city's major bridge leading to the city centre which was choked with vehicles heading towards the palace.
Among those who gathered to greet the King were the 22 assemblymen who were earlier embroiled in the Terengganu Mentri Besar crisis.
State Umno Liaison committee secretary Datuk Rosol Wahid when met said all 22 Barisan assemblymen will be present at the swearing-in ceremony at Istana Maziah, on Sunday.
“We respect our Ruler and will be at the palace tomorrow,” he said.
Former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh was not present at the airport and it is learnt that the Jertih assemblyman's home in Kampung Tok Has, Besut, was swarming with thousands of supporters who had been camped there since Friday.
An aide said Idris is still resting at his home and will not make any comments for now.