The golden voice at King's installation

Last update: 01/08/2019

By Siti Radzeah Rahmat

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 1 (Bernama) -- Noraini Ibnu was the ‘golden voice’ at the installation of the new king last Tuesday, as she was on the eight previous occasions since 1984.

The 59-year-old Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) veteran announcer was one of the two masters of ceremonies (MC) who kept the guests at Istana Negara up-to-date on the proceedings at the historic event steeped in the rich tradition of the Malay Sultanate.

The other was Khairul Hanif Khairuddin, 40, producer and announcer at the Nasional.fm radio channel.    

Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah of Pahang was installed as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the ceremony unique to Malaysia. His Majesty’s consort, Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, is the Raja Permaisuri Agong.

For Noraini, the event had a personal significance as 35 years ago, she was also the MC during the installation of the eighth Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail, the father of Tunku Azizah, at the old Istana Negara.

"I started in my 20s and was given the honour of being the MC during the installation of the Sultan of Johor, Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail, who was installed as the eighth Yang di-Pertuan Agong on April 26, 1984.”

Since then, Noraini told Bernama, she has been the voice behind the installation of every Yang di-Pertuan Agong up to last Tuesday.

Despite being an old hand, the KL-born Noraini, who has been in the broadcasting business for 39 years, still beams with pride at the honour of being the MC at such an illustrious and historic event like the installation of the king. 

Now the deputy-director of RTM’s Rakam Khanah P. Ramlee library, which stores the late entertainment giant’s collections of songs in Angkasapuri, Noraini said the installation of Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was very meaningful to her because of the personal touch of Tunku Azizah. 

 "The Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Azizah, met with all the relevant staff to brief us on the preparations for the ceremony and gave us words of inspiration to make it a success.

“I was so touched by this because it showed her concern and it made me want to give my best on that historic day,” she said.

Noraini, who is due for retirement in February next year, said that besides royal occasions, she has also been the MC for official government events such as the opening of the parliamentary sessions and the National Day celebrations.

“In the beginning, I used to feel nervous. But because of my strong interest and the confidence and support shown by my seniors, I have been able to do it. I am most appreciative of my seniors, such as Mustazah Maah, Datin Wan Rohani Zain, Chuari Selamat and Ngasri Sain, ” she said, adding that they were all radio announcers with Radio Television Malaysia (RTM).

Noraini, who is the wife of famous local singer Herman Tino, said other than running through the script for an event, it is important for an MC to look after his or her health and get enough sleep to ensure that the event is a success.

“To maintain my voice, I avoid drinking iced water. And even though this is the fruit season, I also avoid eating durian, rambutan and mangosteen. The voice is very important, and we also have to give our full focus to the event and cannot be thinking of other things while on duty,” she said.

Equally important is the compatibility with the person who would be the co-MC so as to keep the momentum of the event going from beginning till the end, she said.

Noraini said those new to the business of being MC should not be shy of asking questions and not be complacent about the task given to them.

Meanwhile, Khairul Hanif, described Noraini as a senior and mentor who willingly shared her knowledge and experience.

“Even though I have been MC for other official events, this was my first time for the installation ceremony, and I was both nervous and excited. At the same time, I was confident and proud that I had been given the opportunity,” said Khairul Hanif, who hails from Ipoh.

-- BERNAMA