Sultan Muhammad V Has Stepped Down As 15th Agong

08 January, 2019, 00:30 | Author: Angel Logan
  • A statement from Istana Negara

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in a brief posting on his Facebook paid tribute to and gave the highest appreciation to Sultan Muhammad V on his service as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

King Muhammad V resigned on Sunday after just two years on the throne, the first time a monarch has stepped down before completing their five-year tenure.

If he had remained on the throne, the 49-year-old monarch would have served only three more years, because Malaysia has a unique "rotational monarchy" in which the ceremonial royal office is passed between nine sultans.

Malaysia's monarchy was in a state of flux on Monday after its king abdicated the throne at the weekend in a historically unprecedented move.

Sultan Muhammad V, ruler of northeast Kelantan state, was installed in December 2016 as one of Malaysia's youngest constitutional monarchs. The wedding reportedly took place in Moscow.

Muhammad V was the 15th king of Malaysia since it peacefully separated from the United Kingdom in 1957 and the first to abdicate.

The comptroller said that Sultan Muhammad V, as the supreme commander of the Malaysian Armed Forces, was proud of the sacrifices and devotion shown to him and the country over the years.

Photos which reportedly show him getting married in Russian Federation appeared on social media in December, but the Palace has not commented on them.

The king's future has been the source of rampant speculation since he took medical leave at the start of November previous year.

"The Rulers have made a decision to hold a special Council of Rulers meeting on Thursday, 24th January 2019 for the goal of electing the Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI (16) and the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong".

No reason was given for Sultan Muhammad cutting short his five-year term.

Reports then circulated online that the king had married a former Miss Moscow in Russian Federation, although royal officials in Malaysia have so far not commented on the rumours.

However, the king's assent is needed before the appointment of the prime minister and senior public officials.

Next in line for the top job is Sultan Azlan Shah of central Pahang state, who was king from 1979 to 1984, but the 88-year-old is now unwell and didn't attend Monday's council meeting.

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