SEPANG – The Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s (KLIA) Bunga Raya Complex today to pay his last respects to the late Malaysian Ambassador to Switzerland, Datuk Mohd Zulkephli Mohd Noor who died in Berne, Switzerland last Wednesday.
Mohd Zulkephli’s remains, flown home by Lufthansa Airlines flight LH0782 from Frankfurt, landed at KLIA at 5.19pm and arrived at the foyer of the Bunga Raya Complex at 6.35pm today.
Also present at the KLIA Bunga Raya Complex, were Deputy Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, Foreign Ministry secretary-general, Datuk Othman Hashim, Swiss ambassador, Michael Winzap, family members and relatives of the deceased and Wisma Putra officials.
Other dignitaries present were Perlis Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Azlan Man who was a former diplomat, veteran diplomat, Tan Sri Razali Ismail and Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) chairman, Tan Sri Rastam Isa.
Upon arrival at the Bunga Raya Complex foyer the hearse carrying the remains was opened and a prayer was recited.
After the prayers, Tengku Abdullah was seen expressing his condolences to members of the family before the remains were taken to the KLIA Sultan Abdul Samad Mosque for funeral prayers which was conducted after Magrib.
The remains was later taken to Muar, Johor for burial at the KITA Muslim Cemetery in Batu 1 3/4, Jalan Bakri, tonight.
Mohd Zulkephli who joined the civil service as an Administrative and Diplomatic officer in 1984 leaves behind wife Datin Anna Amalia Imam Baweh and five children.
Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Switzerland, he was appointed Malaysia’s first Ambassador to Turkmenistan in July 2012 and also served as Malaysia’s Ambassador to Libya from 2009 to 2011 and directly involved in an operation to evacuate Malaysians from Libya when a civil war broke out there.
In addition, he had worked in other Malaysian Missions and had served as Malaysian Consul-General in Los Angeles and Malaysian Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva. – BERNAMA