An estimated 200,000 people jammed the streets of Kuala Lumpur April 3 to witness the funeral procession of the late Paramount ruler of Malaya, Tuanku Sir Abdul Rahman.
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Background: An estimated 200,000 people jammed the streets of Kuala Lumpur April 3 to witness the funeral procession of the late Paramount ruler of Malaya, Tuanku Sir Abdul Rahman. The ruler died in his sleep April 1. The crowd stood reverently, with heads bowed, as the teak coffin, draped with the colours of His Majesty's personal standard and the Malayan flag, went by slowly on a black gun carriage.
The Royal coffin, drawn by 50 ratings of the Royal Malayan Navy, was followed by a procession of about 500 people -- Sultans, Ministers, Judges, members of Parliament and Government officials. Detachments from the Commonwealth Forces, R.A.F., R.A.A.F., Gurkhas, Australians, New Zealanders and British troops accompanied the procession.
It took two hours -- half an hour more than anticipated for the procession to arrive at the railway station where a special train was waiting to take the Royal coffin to the late Ruler's home town Seremban, some 40 miles away, for burial April 5.
As the cortege approached the railway station, jet aircraft of the Commonwealth Air Force dipped in salute. In hushed silence the Royal coffin was placed on an open carriage. A single shrill blast from the train.. and it slowly pulled out of Kuala Lumpur's railway station. The capital said its farewell to a beloved ruler.