The present Agong resigns…


6 January 2019



KUALA LUMPUR: The resignation of Kelantan’s Sultan Muhammad V as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong today, some 750 days after he took over from Sultan Abdul Halim Shah of Kedah, would have come as a shock to Malaysians if not for the intense rumour and speculation on social media.

It is the first time that an Agong stepped down from the throne before the end of his five-year reign that is based on a unique rotation system involving nine sultans in the Malaysian federation.

But Sultan Muhammad V’s reign was not the shortest. In 1960, Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah of Selangor died just about 140 days after he was appointed as the second Agong.

Sultan Muhammad V was 47 when he was elected as the 15th Agong by the Conference of Rulers in October 2016, becoming among the younger sultans to helm the position. He took over from Kedah’s Sultan Abdul Halim Shah some two months later. His official installation ceremony was held on April 24, 2017.

During his short period on the throne, Sultan Muhammad V witnessed the peaceful transfer of federal power to Pakatan Harapan, following the historic defeat of Barisan Nasional in the general election last year.

Sultan Muhammad V’s resignation today is the first since the post of Agong was created in 1957, the year Malaya gained independence.

He will also be remembered as the only Agong to reign without a queen, or Raja Permaisuri Agong.

At the end of last November, social media was abuzz with pictures of his marriage to Russian beauty Oksana Voevodina.

The wedding was reported by the British press, but there has been no official statement from the palace to confirm or deny the reports.

Sultan Muhammad V’s accession to the Kelantan throne was also not without controversy.

He was previously known as Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra, before he was proclaimed the Sultan of Kelantan in a move challenged by his father, Sultan Ismail Petra.



4 January 2019



PETALING JAYA: The Malay rulers held a rare and unscheduled meeting on Wednesday night amid social media rumours involving the current Agong, the New Straits Times (NST) reported today.

Quoting sources, the daily said the unofficial meeting was to discuss “a serious matter”.

However, the sources declined to confirm whether the king himself had been present at the meeting as well.

“Such meetings are usually held once or twice a term, and normally it is to discuss something important. There was no such meeting last year,” one of them told NST.

This comes just a day after Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah denied receiving any information regarding talk that Sultan Muhammad V would soon abdicate the throne as Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“The state government has no knowledge. If it’s a rumour, don’t believe it,” he was quoted as saying by Malaysiakini.






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