New Pahang sultan from Jan 15

PEKAN, 12 Jan 2019: 

The Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah will be proclaimed as the sixth Sultan of Pahang, succeeding Sultan Ahmad Shah, on Jan 15.

Tengku Muda Pahang Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah, who made the announcement, said the proposal to appoint Tengku Abdullah as the new Sultan was made because his father Sultan Ahmad Shah is gravely ill.

He said the proposal on the succession was forwarded to the Pahang Royal Council which met in Kuala Lumpur yesterday after a discussion was held among the royal family members and it was unanimously agreed to by the council.

“ In this sad situation, regretfully, I and my family have to accept the fact that my father can no longer shoulder the duties and responsibilities as ruler.

“In view of the situation, I and my closest family members agreed to propose to the Pahang Royal Council to appoint my elder brother Tengku Abdullah to be the successor,” he told a special media conference at Istana Abu Bakar here.

The press conference was also attended by Tengku Arif Temenggong Pahang Tengku Abdul Fahd Mu’adzam Sultan Ahmad Shah, Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, State Secretary Datuk Seri Salehuddin Ishak, members of the royal family and the state administration.

Tengku Abdul Rahman said that the Pahang Royal Council meeting on Friday agreed to approve an amendment to Part 1 of Article 9 A of the state constitution to give the Pahang Royal Council the power to ask the ruler to abdicate due to his grave illness, effective yesterday (Jan 11).

He said during the deliberations on the amendment, Sultan Abdullah, as one of the council members, had excused himself from the meeting, for the matter to be discussed and after the decision was made, it was then presented to Sultan Abdullah for his consent.

“I am confident that my brother will be an efficient, active and fair Sultan, no less than my father … as my father has educated him well with all the training and guidance and Sultan Abdullah has been carrying out his duties as the Pahang Regent.”

He said following the announcement, Sultan Abdullah decreed that their father, Sultan Ahmad Shah, would henceforth be referred to as Duli Yang Maha Mulia Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah.

The Regent has vast experience and holds the second longest record as Crown Prince after the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles.

Tengku Abdullah, born on 30 July 1959 at Istana Mangga Tunggal, Pekan, has been the Crown Prince of Pahang for nearly 44 years – after being officially appointed as the heir to the throne on 1 July 1975, just a day after turning 16.

He assumed the mantle after his father Sultan Ahmad Shah officially became the fifth Sultan of Pahang on 7 May 1974 following the death of his grandfather Sultan Abu Bakar two days earlier.

Prince Charles has held the title of Prince of Wales since 1958.

Tengku Abdullah, who is the fourth child and eldest son of Sultan Ahmad Shah and Tengku Afzan Tengku Muhammad, was officially proclaimed as the Tengku Makhota (Crown Prince of Pahang) on 23 Oct 1977 at Istana Abu Bakar, Pekan.

This has made him well acquainted with the state’s administrative affairs, especially since he was twice tasked with becoming the Regent of Pahang before it was announced that he would take over as ruler of the state by the Pahang Royal Council today.

The first time Tengku Abdullah took over his father’s duties was on 28 April 1979 for a five-year period when he was only 20, following Sultan Ahmad Shah’s appointment as the 7th Yang di-Pertuan Agong (1979-1984).

Even at such a young age, he fulfilled the responsibilities entrusted to him, thus highlighting the leadership talent he inherited from his father.

The wisdom he showed led to Sultan Ahmad Shah once again appointing him to be the Regent of Pahang on 28 Dec 2016 when his health began to wane.

The proclamation of Tengku Abdullah as the Sultan of Pahang on Jan 15  is said to pave the way for him to be elected as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

A special meeting of the Conference of Rulers  is scheduled  to be held on Jan 24 at Istana Negara to elect the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong to replace  the Sultan of Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V, who stepped down on Jan 7.

Several media reports said that based on the five-year rotation of the Malay Rulers for the position of King, the next Yang di-Pertuan Agong after the Sultan of Kelantan is supposed to be the Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah, 88, followed by the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, 60, and Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah, 62.

With this latest development,  Tengku Abdullah is in line to be the next King.

Tengku Abdullah received his early education at Sekolah Rendah Ahmad, Pekan before moving to Sekolah Rendah Saint Thomas, Kuantan. He attended Sekolah Menengah St Thomas, Kuantan for his high school education before furthering his studies overseas.

He made his teachers and friends feel at ease with his simple and humble attitude and he was also well-known for excelling in studies and sports.

After attending (advance school) in Aldenham School, Elstree Hertfordshire from 1975 to 1978, he did his foundation at the Davies College, London for a year in 1978.

He furthered his studies in Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy at Queen Elizabeth College, Oxford University in 1981, which clearly helped hone his personality to be a future leader.

While in London, he pursued military studies and training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst from 1979 to 1980 and was accredited as second lieutenant by Queen Elizabeth II.

Tengku Abdullah has been a big fan of sports since he was a child and is very active in games like hockey, football and sepak takraw. Based on his interest and ability, he was always chosen to represent his school, district and state in football.

It was due to his experience in sports that Tengku Abdullah was elected as Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president from 2013 to 2017. He is still an executive committee member of world governing body FIFA. He was appointed to the post  in 2015 to fill the Asian quota.

On 6 March 1986, the then 27-year-old Tengku Abdullah married Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Iskandar.

The couple has four princes and five princesses. They are Tengku Amir Nasser, Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan, Tengku Puteri Ilisha Ameera, Tengku Panglima Besar Pahang Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah, Tengku Puteri Ilyana, Tengku Muhammad Iskandar Ri’ayatuddin Shah, Tengku Ahmad Ismail Muadzam Shah, Tengku Puteri Afzan Aminah Hafizatullah and Tengku Puteri Jihan Azizah ‘Athiyatullah.

– Bernama