Historic first: Kelantan sultan abdicates as Agong

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 Jan 2019: 

Sultan Muhammad V abdicated as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong today.

Comptroller of the Royal Household, Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz said His Majesty had officially notified the Malay Rulers on his abdication through a letter sent to the Secretary of the Conference of Rulers.

“In discharging the wishes of His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, Istana Negara hereby announces that His Majesty is abdicating as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong effective 6 Jan 2019, pursuant to Article 32 (3) of the Federal Constitution,” he said in a statement.

Wan Ahmad Dahlan said Sultan Muhammad V also expressed his gratitude to the Malay Rulers who had elected him as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 13 Dec 2016.

He also expressed his appreciation to the prime minister and the government for their cooperation in governing the country.

“During his tenure as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, His Majesty had worked to fulfil his responsibilities and the trust placed in him as the head of state, serving as the pillar of stability, the source of justice and as an umbrella of the solidarity and unity of the people.”

Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja also said His Majesty, 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.

“His Majesty also hopes that all Malaysians will continue to stay united, tolerant and in agreement in shouldering the responsibility to safeguard the country’s sovereignty so that Malaysia will remain in peace and harmony.”

Wan Ahmad Dahlan said His Majesty was ready to return to Kelantan to be together with the state government and the people for its development.

On Nov 24 last year, foreign media reported and carried pictures of the marriage of Sultan Muhammad V abroad. However, there was no official announcement from the palace on the matter.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, when asked about the matter on Nov 30, said he had not received any official confirmation from any quarter on the alleged marriage.

Sultan Muhammad V was installed as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 24 April 2017, after taking his oath of office on 13 Dec 2016.

He was elected as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the 243rd Meeting (Special) of the Conference of Rulers in October 2016, who also voted for the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah to be the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Sultan Muhammad V succeeded the late Sultan of Kedah Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah whose term as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong ended on 12 Dec 2016.

In Malaysia’s constitutional monarchy system, the election for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is held on a rotational basis every five years.

The abdication of Sultan Muhammad V as Malaysia’s head of state is the first in the history of the country.

Sultan Muhammad V, who was born on 6 Oct 1969 in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, is among the heads of the nation who did not serve his full five-year term after taking the oath of office.

The others were the Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Muhammad who was the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong of the Federation Of Malaya.He was installed as King on 31 Aug 1957 but died on 1 April 1960.

Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah Al-Haj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ala’iddin Sulaiman Shah who elected to be his successor on 14 April 1960 died several hours before he was installed as the second Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 1 Sept 1960.

The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah who was to serve as the 11th Yang di-Pertuan Agong from 26 April 1999, died on 21 Nov 2001.

– Bernama