It was out of respect.
However, I'm not comfortable with it.
I would prefer a hug.
That's just the way I am.
Actually, I always tried to avoid the "cium tangan" thing as much as I can.
But that's difficult in the Malay side of my family.
I still do it with the elders in the family as I feel that I have to do it as a show of respect, just like what the person who did it to me this morning.
It is part of adab Melayu.
Outside the family, I really tried to avoid doing it.
Nonetheless, throughout my adult life, there were a few occasions when I did it to those who are not elders in my family.
As far as I remember, they are all members of the royalty, except one.
1. The late Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Harun Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail
- several times at official functions in Istana Arau and during a visit to Istana Repoh, Kangar.
2. Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ismail Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj,
- several times during visits to Istana Pasir Pelangi, Johor Baru. All when the Sultan was still the Tunku Mahkota, except once after he became the Ruler.
3. The late Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Al-Haj Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah Al-Haj
- Only once. I visited him with a few other people at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore where he was warded. I was the last in the group who salam and kissed his hand. He died a few days later.
4. Tengku Mahkota Pahang, Tengku Abdullah ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah
- several times during visits to his home at Istana Sultan Abdul Aziz, Kuantan and once when I bumped into him when his helicopter landed near Temerloh RnR of the East Coast Highway to visit flood victims sheltered there.
5. Former Johor Menteri Besar TS Abdul Ghani Othman - The only non-royalty.
I did it only once but it was in public. I don't really know what got into me that I did it. It was at the M Suites Hotel and Ghani had just announced the list of BN candidates for the GE13. I think I was overwhelmed at that time when he said he was contesting against DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang at the Chinese majority Gelang Patah. It was his ultimate sacrifice for Umno, contesting to lose at the end of his political career trying to stop the unstoppable Chinese tsunami at that time. We met again after that but I just salam him like normal only. No more cium tangan.
That's about it.
Really. I have never even kissed the hand of PM DS Najib Razak or elder statesman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
i just shook hands with them a couple of times that I met them.
Well, that's all for today.
Just something light, okay.
No mood to write about all those messy stuff that's been going on the past few days.
Here, also enjoy this nice Sunday song,