GEORGE TOWN: All government departments and agencies in Penang, Perak and Negri Sembilan will fly flags at half-mast in respect of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

Penang and Negri Sembilan will keep the flag at half-mast on Monday, while Perak will do so for three days beginning today.

Perak state secretary Datuk Ahmad Suaidi Abdul Rahim, in a statement, said the Sultan of Perak had consented for the state to fly the flag at half-mast to express His Royal Highness’ sadness over the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

In Penang, deputy state secretary Datuk Mohd Zakuan Zakaria said Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak had agreed for the flags to be flown at half-mast, Bernama reported.

“Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow has directed all government departments and agencies to fly the flags at half-mast,” he said.

Negri Sembilan state secretary Datuk Dr Razali Ab Malik said the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir had also given his consent.

Queen Elizabeth II, 96, died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Sept 8. She was the United Kingdom’s longest reigning monarch and the second longest-reigning ruler in European history, after King Louis XIV of France.

During her reign, she visited Malaysia three times – in 1972 for a special visit; in 1989 in conjunction with the 11th Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting; and in 1998 for the 16th Commonwealth Games.