Kelantan abuzz with talk of royal wedding
KOTA BARU: The state is abuzz with talk of the impending royal wedding which will see the Tengku Mahkota marrying a 24-year-old Thai woman.
Tengku Muhammad Faris: Met Kangsadal two years ago at a wedding.
Kangsadal Pipitpakdee will be known as Tengku Zubaidah after marrying Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra ibni Sultan Ismail Petra. They will tie the knot in a grand ceremony at the Kelantan palace on Nov 15.
The palace is said to have invited 15,000 guests, including Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
The prince is next in line to the Kelantan throne.
A science graduate of Mahidol University, Kangsadal is the daughter of a former Pattani MP.
She worked for two years in an insurance company in Bangkok after her graduation. She met the 35-year-old prince two years ago at a wedding. They have been dating ever since then.
Mahidol University Science graduate Kangsadal Pipitpakdee, 24, will marry Kelantan’s Tengku Mahkota Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra ibni Sultan Ismail Petra, 35, in a grand ceremony at the Kelantan palace on Nov 15.
In Bangkok, Thai-language dailies played up the story with the top mass circulation Thai Rath even giving it front-page treatment.
According to Thai Rath, reporters who spoke to her mother at their house in Pattani were shown the beautiful wedding invitation card in which Kangsadal was photographed wearing a veil.
“The groom’s side has been preparing for the wedding for some time,” she was quoted as saying.
The mother was reportedly delighted with the nuptial, saying that fabrics had been ordered from Singapore to make the bridal gown.
At present, Kangsadal is staying at the Kelantan palace to learn local customs and life in the palace.
It is understood that the palace in Kelantan will make an official announcement soon.
Proposal came as a surprise
BY ANTHONY TAN and IAN MCINTYRE
PATTANI: Kelantan prince Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra Sultan Ismail Petra proposed to Kangsadal Pipitpakdee three months ago, said Kangsadal’s father Vairoj Pipit-pakdee.
The 62-year-old Vairoj, who also goes by the royal name of Tengku Norudin Tengku Muda, said a relative of the Kelantan Raja Perempuan went to the Yamu Palace here to ask for his daughter's hand in marriage on behalf of the prince.
“I was surprised by the proposal and I told the relative that the prince should get to know my daughter better first,” he said here yesterday.
FAMILY PORTRAIT: An undated picture of Kangsadal (seated second from left) and her family.
He then suggested that the wedding be held next year so that they could know each other better.
However, he said the Kelantan royalty wanted the wedding to be held earlier.
On Friday, The Star reported that the Tengku Mahkota would be marrying the 24-year-old daughter of a former Pattani MP.
She will be known as Tengku Zubaidah after the marriage.
Recalling how his daughter met the 35-year-old prince, Vairoj said they first met at his cousin's wedding at the Yamu Palace two years ago but the two did not speak to each other.
“They met again at another wedding in Bangkok eight months ago,” he said.
Vairoj said his family was of royal descent as he was the grandson of the King of Yamu district here,
In Kota Baru, Syed Azhar reports that the people of Kelantan have expressed joy that their much-loved Tengku Mahkota is finally ending his bachelor days.
Many interviewed said they were happy that the future Sultan was getting married.
They pointed out that he was the only Tengku Mahkota in the country who was still single.
Fairytale wedding hot topic in Kelantan
BY SYED AZHAR
KOTA BARU: The people of Kelantan have expressed joy that their much-loved Tengku Mahkota is finally ending his bachelor days.
The royal wedding of Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra ibni Sultan Ismail Petra, 35, to Thai woman, Kangsadal Pipitpakdee, is currently the hot topic here.
All everyone talks about is how grand the ceremony will be and how it is going to be the fairytale wedding of the year.
Many who were interviewed yesterday said they were happy that the future Sultan was getting married. They pointed out that he was the only Tengku Mahkota in the country who was still single.
Nazri Hassan, 35, who runs a restaurant along Jalan Pengkalan Chepa here, said it was “about time” the Tengku Mahkota got married.
“I'm happy that our Tengku Mahkota has chosen his life partner. I'm sure the people of Kelantan feels the same way I do,” he said when met.
On Friday, The Star reported that the Tengku Mahkota will be marrying the 24-year-old Mahidol University Science graduate, who is the daughter of a former Pattani MP.
She will be known as Tengku Zubaidah after the marriage.
The two began dating after they met at a wedding in Bangkok two years ago. The grand ceremony has been set for Nov 15 at the Kelantan palace.
A random interview by The Star showed that many people said the future Sultan was a down-to-earth individual, who “sometimes forget” that he is heir to the throne.
A friend of the Tengku Mahkota, Syed Abdullah Syed Ali, described him as “approachable, religious and very friendly.”
“But what struck me most about him is that he dislikes protocol as he feels that it keeps the people away.”
Nik Safiah Nik Ahmad, 19, a sales promoter, said she met the Tengku Mahkota once at a pharmacy in Jalan Pintu Pong where she worked.
“He came into the store with his friends. I recognised him immediately. I was very honoured to be of assistance to him. What surprised me most was how he set protocol aside, behaving like he was one of us commoners,” Nik Safiah said.
A check showed that a prominent hotel along Jalan Sultan Yahya here has been fully booked by the Kelantan royal family days before the wedding.
It is learnt that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinatwatra are among the long list of VIPs to stay at the hotel.
Union of two royal families
BY ANTHONY TAN AND IAN MCINTYRE
Kangsadal adapting to life in the Kelantan palace
PATTANI: The marriage of Kangsadal Pipitpakdee and Kelantan prince Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra Sultan Ismail Petra will be another union of the Yamu and Kelantan royal families.
The earlier union came about when Kangsadal’s uncle, Tengku Abdul Hamid Tengku Muda, who is of Yamu royal descent, married Tengku Azizah from the Kelantan royalty.
One of the couple’s children is the present Raja Perempuan Kelantan, Tengku Anis, the mother of 35-year-old Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra.
Nik Kalsom: The grandmother
Tengku Abdul Hamid is the elder brother of Kangsadal’s father, Tengku Norudin whose Thai name is Vairoj Pipitpakdee.
They are the grandsons of Tengku Wook, the last Raja or King of Yamu who has a palace here.
Kangsadal, 24, who will be known as Tengku Zubaidah after the marriage, was born in the 110-year-old palace, according to her grandmother Sawat Pipitpakdee.
Sawat, 84, who is also known as Nik Kalsom, still lives in the palace which has similar designs with Kelantan architecture.
She said Kangsadal was raised in the palace until she was five years old.
Like most Thais, Kangsadal has a nickname.
Cik Jamilah: The mother
Her parents called her Koy or “last finger” as her parents thought she would be the last child in the family.
But the couple had another daughter five years later. Kangsadal is the third child among four siblings.
Kangsadal’s mother Cik Jamilah, 54, said her daughter recently informed her that she was adapting well to life in the Kelantan palace after leaving home a month ago.
Tuanku Norudin: The father
“Kangsadal is learning about her future role as a royalty member, the local customs and expectations,” she said.
“I have also received assurances from the Kelantan royal family that Kangsadal would be treated like their own child.”
Meanwhile, talk of the impending royal wedding dominated Pattani, a small agricultural-based town, since early this week.
Most Pattani residents are familiar with Kelantan, which is a two-hour drive away.
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There has always been very close connections between the northern Malays and the southern Thais in the Malay-Thai peninsula, and this is about to get closer still. When the crown prince of Kelantan assumes the post of the malaysian King in 2016, it'd be cool to know that our Queen be a Thai Malay. Likewise, when the post next gets passes on to the sultan of Pahang (currently the crown prince of Pahang) in 2021, our queen will then be Singaporean-born. Majulah Malaysia, Majulah Thailand, Majulah Singapura!!
The Pahang crown prince and his consort in an informal pose
I was in Singapore when they got married, and certainly it created quite a stir among the Malay community there.