Book chronicles the story of Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin

Last update: 16/12/2019

SHAH ALAM, Dec 16 -- The life story of Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin as Tengku Permaisuri Selangor has now been made into a book titled  ‘My first year journey, from TV news anchor to Tengku Permaisuri Selangor: An Anecdotal Experience’.

The 133-page coffee table book was written by her sister Datin Dr Norely Abdul Rahman and is being sold at a price of RM160 each, with part of the proceeds to be channeled to the ‘Stray Free Selangor’ programme to help stray animals.

Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin is the Royal Patron for the campaign which has been organised by the Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) since 2017.

The English-language book was launched by Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at Pustaka Raja Tun Uda here today.

At the event, Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin said the book contained her experiences as Tengku Permaisuri Selangor, especially concerning palace protocol and customs in Balairung Seri.

“My objective is to enable the readers to know my experiences and the customs and language of the palace, and the history of the Selangor Sultanate.

“I am grateful and excited over the publication of the book even though at the same time, I have mixed feelings and sometimes, am divided over it. I have always been someone who is not fond of sharing my life story and personal details,” she said.

Also present at the event were Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin idris Shah and members of the Selangor royal family.

Others who were present included Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.

Commenting on the book, Norely who holds a doctorate degree in education from Asia e University, Kuala Lumpur, said it took her three years to finish the book due to Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin’s tight schedule.

Norely said although initially Tengku Permaisuri Selangor was reluctant to share her life story which she said was ‘uninteresting’, she managed to convince her youngest sibling that the public would want to know her experiences.

She said when someone was ‘at the top’, there would be people who idolise them while others would criticise.

“That is why I felt it was better if the people knew our roots and the real story,” she said.

She added that the contents of the book were in 14 chapters, based on Tengku Permaisuri’s experiences.

“I am grateful to the pointers from Tuanku Sultan (Sultan Sharafuddin) especially concerning the language, terminologies and protocol of the palace,” she said.

Norely added that so far, 1,500 copies have been printed and anyone interested in the book could refer to the Selangor Royal Office Facebook page for further information.

On whether the book would be translated into Bahasa Melayu, Norely said this would be decided by Sultan Selangor himself.