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Leaders Express Faith In New King

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will continue to make great strides under the reign of Sultan Muhammad V, says Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

In his Facebook posting, Sultan Ibrahim said the state government and the people of Johor sent their warmest wishes and congratulations to the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“I have no doubt that under your reign, Malaysia will continue to make great strides in its quest to become a modern, progressive and prosperous nation,” said the Sultan of Johor in his posting yesterday.

International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed described the new King as a moderate person who endeared himself to the people of Kelantan, Bernama reported.

He noticed the moderate personality of Sultan Muhammad V when attending some of the breaking of fast and terawih prayer events at mosques during Ramadan.

“The Tuanku seems at ease sitting with the local people, a quality which the people always remember,” he said as he congratulated His Majesty on being appointed the new King yesterday.

Mustapa, the Jeli MP, said he was awed by Sultan Muhammad V’s easy-going personality and described His Majesty as being compassionate about his subjects.

This was reflected when he visited victims during the severe floods that hit Kelantan in 2014, he added.

On Twitter, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong wished “the most auspicious blessings and congratulations” to Sultan Muhammad V.

“His Majesty is a dynamic ruler known for his approachable and charitable manner. As a young and energetic King, he is close to his subjects’ hearts and listens to their worries.

“Upon his ascension, his grace and benevolence will reach more Malaysians than ever.

“May His Majesty’s reign be met with abundant well-being and happiness and usher in an era of harmony, peace and progress for all Malaysians. Daulat Tuanku,” he said.

Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong also offered his congratulations.

“The Malaysian royal institution is the driving force of the country’s unity and progress,” he added.