Friday, May 18, 2007

Raja Nazrin Leading By Example

This is one of the reasons I can't wait for Raja Nazrin to be King. [PDF] Well done, Your Highness!
Raja Nazrin declines using state funds

The Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, has politely declined a state allocation for his wedding with Zara Salim Davidson on Thursday, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali said yesterday. [...]

"Instead, he advised the state government to spend the money for development projects to meet the needs of the people," he said in a statement issued to Bernama yesterday.

Tajol Rosli also said Raja Nazrin had told him that he would pay for all expenses incurred for his wedding.

"Hence, if there are expenditures involving the state coffers, they are to repair and upgrade infrastructures that benefit the people in the long term," he said.

Raja Nazrin also said expenses for the feast for the common folk would also be borne by him. [...]

Tajol Rosli also said the Raja Muda wanted a simple royal wedding conducted on a moderate scale.

He said Raja Nazrin also advised companies and individuals against competing to buy advertisement space in newspapers on the occasion of his wedding.

"Instead, he advised them that he would be happier if the funds for the advertisements are channelled for charity, especially donating to places of worship, welfare bodies, old folks homes, orphanages and schools in Perak," Tajol Rosli said.
Raja Nazrin really lead by example by showing prudence and not going overboard like some *cough* Siti Nurhaliza *cough*. And this is a real royalty, not some celebrity thinking he/she is some royalty. I've always had a great disdain for lavish and elaborate weddings. I've always preferred simple receptions and I very much prefer mine to be small, simple and very much a family affair with some close friends in attendance. The thing that really riles me up is the loud music just to create the 'lau juak' atmosphere. Did you really think that your guests paid to attend your wedding reception AND plan to get deaf in the process? I don't think so!

Congratulations Raja Nazrin and Tuanku Zara. [PDF] That was a really simple yet elegant wedding. I just can't wait for Your Royal Highnesses to be King and Queen.