SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has sent his condolences to Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar on the passing of his son Tunku Jalil on Dec 5.
Tunku Jalil died of liver cancer on Saturday at the Royal Ward of Sultanah Aminah Hospital. He was 25.
The fourth of six siblings, the prince was diagnosed with the stage four liver cancer late last year, Malaysia media reported. He had undergone liver transplant in China, according to The Star.
His funeral will be held today at Istana Besar in Johor, and will be attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean and Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for Law and Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said today (Dec 6).
Other than PM Lee's letter of condolences, MFA said that Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan had also written to the Sultan of Johor to convey his condolences. Here are their letters.
Condolence Letter from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
5 December 2015
Your Royal Highness,
Ho Ching and I are deeply saddened by the passing of your beloved son, His Highness Tunku Laksamana Johor Tunku Abdul Jalil Ibni Sultan Ibrahim. We convey our heartfelt condolences to you, Raja Zarith and your family.
Tunku Jalil was well-loved for his compassion, his charitable work for the Johor community and the police, and his passion for the environment and animals. I recall him telling us about his work with the Singapore Zoo, and his walks in our Botanic Gardens. He will always be remembered fondly as a young, humble prince who so readily loved and served his people.
Our thoughts are with you and Raja Zarith and the people of Johor during this difficult period of grief.
With deepest sympathies.
LEE HSIEN LOONG
Condolence Letter from Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan
5 December 2015
DYMM Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Sultan Yang Dipertuan bagi Negeri dan Jajahan Takluk Johor Darul Ta'zim Malaysia
Your Royal Highness
I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your beloved son, His Highness Tunku Laksamana Johor Tunku Abdul Jalil Ibni Sultan Ibrahim.
Tunku Jalil was devoted and generous in his support of the arts, music, sports, and the environment. His care and concern towards the less fortunate also touched the hearts of all Johoreans. He will be missed dearly.
My thoughts and heartfelt sympathies are with you and your family and the people of Johor in this period of bereavement.
DR VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN