THE passing of Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah at the age of 86 yesterday came as a surprise to many of us, as we always hoped he could be our head of state for many more years to come.
My heartfelt condolences to his family, especially his consort, Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Bainun Mohd Ali.
A lawyer by profession and subsequently appointed as Lord President of the Supreme Court of Malaysia in 1982, Sultan Azlan Shah had always impressed me not only as a wise person but also an intellectual.
He was the youngest to serve in the highest judicial position.
When he ascended the Perak throne in 1984, I was inspired to learn more about law as a layman, so that I, too, could be a wiser person. As a young man, pursuing law and becoming a lawyer was not my ultimate ambition.
The local and international sports arena, especially hockey, have suffered a great loss with his passing.
Sultan Azlan Shah has always been regarded as the "Father of Malaysian Hockey".
He had contributed tremendously in the development of sports, not only in Perak, but also in the country, as a whole.
I hope his son, Raja Nazrin Shah, will ascend the throne to replace his father. Being a highly intellectual person, he can inspire his subjects to move forward in the right direction as progressive and responsible individuals.
Soon, Perak may become a developed state, attracting more investments, especially in the high-tech sectors.
May God bless his soul.
Patrick Teh,Ipoh, Perak New Straits Times Letters to the Editor 29 May 2014