GOMBAK: It was nothing short of a royal affair when the daughter of the Kelantan Sultan graduated with a degree in law at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) convocation.
ROYAL AFFAIR: Tengku Amalin walking off the stage after receiving her scroll from the Sultan of Pahang at the convocation ceremony at IIUM in Selangor yesterday.
Tengku Amalin A'ishah Putri Sultan Ismail Petra, 22, received her Bachelor of Law with honours in a ceremony witnessed by her proud parents, Sultan Tuanku Ismail Petra Sultan Yahya Petra and Raja Perempuan Tengku Anis Tengku Abdul Hamid.
Recently appointed a magistrate in Kota Baru, she is the first female to hold the position in Kelantan.
One of her cases involved that of businessman Datuk Nik Sapeai Nik Yusof charged with spraying a dangerous chemical at Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when the latter visited Kelantan last month.
Pursued by the press, the media-shy princess declined to answer questions except to say that: “In time to come, I hope to be able to pursue my Masters in Law at IIUM, but for now I am dedicated to my job.”
Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah, the Constitutional Head of IIUM, advised graduates to adopt lifelong learning, as the knowledge they had acquired at university should only be regarded as an appetiser at the beginning of dinner.
Also in attendance were Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid and Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed.
Two outstanding IIUM undergraduates were awarded scholarships to pursue their Masters at Harvard University.
Melati Abdul Hamid, who is pursuing her Masters in International Law, and Moroccan Iman Abi Sourour, who is pursuing her Masters in Medicine, were unable to attend the ceremony as they are now pursuing their studies there.
From land where race, gender, ethnicity and connections matters, the BOLEHland!