Today mark another memorable day in the history of Malaysia. Today, the Sultan of Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muâ€™azam Shah, who ascended to the throne succeeding Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu, will be installed as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
At the same time, today is also a day when we all went on Tsunami alert when Banda Aceh was hit by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake in the evening.
It was a public holiday for everyone as we celebrate the coronation of our 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong. We decided to head on over to Mid Valley to do some shopping. It was yet another normal public holiday and the mall is packed with shoppers. We spent almost half a day there and decided to head on home, only to learn that an 8.9 magnitude earthquake had hit Bandar Aceh yet again. It happened around 4.30pm
A quick check my Facebook Timeline and I find it flooded with news of the earthquake in Banda Aceh. Â It was similarly the same over in my Twitter stream.Â Tsunami alerts are being flagged in some parts of India as well as in Penang. If thereâ€™s one thing we must learn from the 2004 disaster is to stay away from beaches. Our thoughts are with our friends and families who are staying in Penang. It was good to know that my sis-in-law had managed to evacuate from her office in Batu Ferringhi and was home safe. I even heard that many shoppers in Perangin Mall, Gurney Plaza, Queens Bay Mall and Sunway Carnival Plaza fell the tremors too causing a big scare to everyone and fled the buildings.
News came about that Penang is expected to be hit by the tsunami at around 9.00pm. Another strong aftershock was recorded hours later and many people in Penang felt the tremors again. I guess we are all prepared to face the tsunami but thank goodness, at about 9.30pm, CM Lim Guan Eng announced on his twitter that the tsunami alert for Penang has been lifted and everything to return as normal.
The news came as a relief to me and to many Malaysians as well. My only thought now goes to the people of Banda Aceh.