Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Malaysia has a new King today

Related article: NatGeo documenting the installation of Malaysia's new King 2012 on 11 Apr 2012

Yes, Malaysia has a new King today, December 13.

The picture below shows the Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, arriving in Kuala Lumpur this morning for a swearing-in ceremony as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Tuanku Abdul Halim and Raja Permaisuri Agong Haminah Hamidun arrived at the Bunga Raya Complex of KL International Airport at 9.07am from Alor Setar. They were greeted by Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim and wife Datin Seri Maznah Rais.

For the first installation in Kuala Lumpur in 1970, the King boarded a three-coach royal train, which had been specially scheduled by Keretapi Tanah Melayu.

The royal couple then proceeded to Parliament Square in Kuala Lumpur for a royal welcoming ceremony.

The 84-year-old Sultan of Kedah, has been elected the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong for a five-year period effective Tuesday, at the Meeting of the Conference of Rulers on Oct 14. At 84, Malaysia's new king is the oldest constitutional monarch in the nation's history. He succeeds Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, 49, one of Malaysia's youngest kings. Sultan Mizan is Sultan of Terengganu.

Incoming (left) King and outgoing King. Yang di-Pertuan Agong is the term we use for the King.

This is the second time Tuanku Abdul Halim was elected as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the first time being on Sept 21, 1970.

Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V, is the elected Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Sources & Related articles:
- Powers of the king

- Tuanku Abdul Halim sworn in as 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong
The Keeper of the Rulers' Seal, Datuk Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, presented the instrument of office to Tuanku Abdul Halim, who was in a Kedah royal attire called Sikap consisting of a short jacket with a high collar, tenggolok (headdress), long pants, sampin, bengkung (cummerband) and complete with a keris (Malay dagger).

- Steeped in pomp and ceremony
- Role model for the nation

- Much beloved by the people

- Royal trivia

- The Constitution says...

- Monarchy made in Malaysia
A meeting of the Conference of Rulers held at Istana Negara on Nov 1. - Bernamapic

- The royal family

- Revered and held in high esteem
A young Tuanku Abdul Halim and the late Tuanku Bahiyah Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman at the installation ceremony as the 27th Sultan of Kedah and Sultanah of Kedah in a ceremony held at Istana Balai Besar in Alor Setar on 20th February 1959. – Pic courtesy of Istana Anak Bukit

- End of reign for 13th King

All images are from The Star


  1. yeah, he is the first and only one till now who has been the King and Deputy King for twice, cool yeah??

  2. Allah selamat Sultan Mahkota
    Berpanjangan usia di atas Takhta
    Memelihara agama Nabi kita
    Negeri Kedah serata-rata..

  3. Congrats Malaysia! :D

  4. Every time I read of "royalty" - Malaysia, Japan, England - I think of John Lennon's words

    "Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace..."

    When will us humans evolve out of the concepts which limit us?