JOHOR BARU - Cancer patient Low Mui Cheng, 60, walked about 2km to the Istana Besar here to mourn Tunku Laksamana Johor Tunku Abdul Jalil Ibni Sultan Ibrahim's passing.
Although the mother-of-two, who has lymphoma, had never personally met Tunku Abdul Jalil, she said she could understand the prince as she too was diagnosed with stage-four cancer a year ago.
"I have been keeping track of Tunku Abdul Jalil's journey through social media, especially on his Facebook page in which he shared his thoughts and photographs.
"Tunku Jalil always looked positive in his photos in spite of his condition and the pain he suffered.
"I think he was a fighter until the end and it is something I, as a Bangsa Johor, will take as an example to fight against my cancer," she said when met outside the palace gates yesterday.
Low and her businessman husband Fong Kee Hui, 65, were among those who showed up at the palace to pay their respects.
Fatimahzahrah Abdul Ghani's last meeting with the prince was July this year at the royal family's Hari Raya open house at Istana Pasir Pelangi.
"I managed to shake hands with Tunku Abdul Jalil. He smiled at me and asked me how I was doing.
"The Johor royal family members have always been very caring towards their subjects," the 67-year-old housewife from Larkin said.
"The people of Johor share the grief over the passing of the much loved prince charming Tunku Abdul Jalil," commented Napsiah Wan Salleh on Facebook.
"In his short life Tunku Abdul Jalil had achieved much and left behind wonderful memories he shared with the rakyat," she added.
Facebook user Saravanan Manickam said he was saddened by the news.
"Never in my lifetime have I seen so much outpouring of grief over the loss of a prince. May God Bless His Soul ... truly a Malaysian Prince," he added.