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Malaysians who have met Queen Elizabeth remember her with fondness and respect

Updated: Sep 14, 2022

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II may have passed on but she remains in the hearts of millions of people all over the world, Malaysians included.

One of them is social worker Dr James Nayagam, who set up Shelter Home, a centre for abandoned, abused and neglected children, in 1981.

He remembers clearly the grand motorcade that came to the home that day in 1998.

"I was supposed to welcome her to Shelter Home and they said they would like the visit to be very ordinary. So she actually came in through the kitchen! I chatted with her for about 20 minutes – imagine chatting with the Queen of England.

Dr James Nayagam (right) with Queen Elizabeth II in 1998 when she visited Shelter Home in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

"I shall remember this moment with the Queen in PJ," he said.

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