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KUALA LUMPUR – About 25,000 people attended the Aidilfitri open house hosted today by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, at the compound of Istana Negara.

The people, many foreign tourists among them, gathered at the open house from as early as 9.30 am although His Majesty was scheduled to exchange greetings with the guests only from noon.

Various kinds of traditional food and drinks were served at the open house, including satay, laksam, mee, roti jala and kerepok lekor.

LUMUT – The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V today made his maiden visit to the Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM) base here.

His arrival at 5.30pm at the Parade Ground onboard the KD Pelandok was received by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Perak Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, as well as top TLDM officials.

Upon arrival, His Majesty inspected a guard of honour comprising 106 TLDM officers and men with Lieutenant Ahmad Fazwan Ramli bearing the colours of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong while Lieutenant Muhammad Ridzuan Amen carried the colours of the KD Malaya.

Later, the King attended a shooting session at the Abdul Samad Shooting Range.

Tomorrow, Sultan Muhammad V is scheduled to attend a briefing on the transformation and operation of TLDM and the Special Operations Force (Paskal) project onboard KD Lekiu here.

His Majesty will also witness a combat demonstration comprising Paskal, TLDM Air Headquarters and air assets at Lumut Base Berthing (Tambatan) Basin. – BERNAMA

Agong Officiates 'Pameran Raja Kita'

KUALA LUMPUR – Sultan Muhammad V has opened Pameran Raja Kita (Our King’s Exhibition) at the Royal Museum here in conjunction with his installation as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

His Majesty was accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the ceremony.

Sultan Muhammad V struck a gong three times to symbolise the launching of the exhibition which is open to the public from tomorrow until Sept 4.

It displays a personal collection of Sultan Muhammad V including Al-Quran, rehal (book rest), diving sets, archery equipment , polo horse saddles and recreational bicycles.

Apart from the King’s private items, the original manuscripts of Misa Melayu, Taj Al-Salatin and Sejarah Negeri Kelantan are also put on show.

The exhibition comprised four segments namely the conventional exhibition of texts, posters and artifacts as well as a video presentation of the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s installation ceremony.

There is also a touch screen kiosk on the various regalia of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as well as virtual reality shows carried out with cooperation of Communications and Multimedia Ministry in the form of 3D and walk through at the old Istana Negara.

Also present were Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak and Deputy Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin.

The exhibition is held for the second time at the old palace, now known as the Royal Museum.

The first exhibition was held in 2012 in conjunction with the installation of the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.

On April 24, Sultan Muhammad V was installed as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong for a five-year rule.

He had earlier taken his oath of office on Dec 13 2016 to replace the Sultan of Kedah Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah who completed his term on that date. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V today reminded young
military officers to be proactive in helping to plan for the future of the
Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM), in tandem with current developments.

The King said this was because in the new millennium, new forms of threats
began to be felt during the process of globalisation.

“As military officers with a degree, I hope you will be more capable in facing
the future challenges of your career and with full confidence and a high level
of resilience.

“Efforts to increase know-how and military knowledge should be continuous to
enable yourselves to be sensitive to the current defence technological

The Agong said this at the passing-out parade and commissioning of ATM cadet
officers and graduate officers at Camp Perdana Sungai Besi, here, today. – Bernama

JASIN – Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V officially opened the Sungai Rambai Syariah Court, here today.

He was received by Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharum and 3,000 residents at 11.30am.

At the event, Sultan Muhammad V witnessed a model of the Kota Al-Hasanah Complex which encompassed the court, Al-Hasanah Mosque, Al-Quran Academy, Melaka Tithe Centre Branch Office and the Melaka Islamic Religious Council.

He then signed the opening plaque before visiting the trial area of the court.

The RM2.9 million Sungai Rambai Syariah Court, built under the green technology concept, was completed early this year and started operations today.

Sultan Muhammad V then mingled and dined with those present before leaving.

The ceremony was the final event in his three-day visit programme to the state after he was appointed the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Dec 13. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V urged that the administrative excellence in the federal territories (FT) be maintained to ensure the people’s wellbeing, especially in an uncertain global economic climate.

The King said to help reduce the burden of the people, particularly the low-income group, hopefully the government could find new, innovative ways in overcoming the situation.

“I hope the administrative excellence will ensure continued wellbeing, prosperity and joy for my subjects in the federal territories.”

His Majesty said this at an investiture ceremony held in conjunction with the Federal Territories Day 2017 celebration at Istana Negara, here, today.

Also present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.


KUALA LUMPUR – Sultan Muhammad V took his oath of office as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV and at 47 he is the youngest among the Malay rulers at present.

His majesty’s role will be complemented by the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, who is 60.

They maybe from two different generations, but both are known for their grounded leadership styles and their level of commitment to the people.

Sultan Muhammad V loves going down to the ground to visit his subjects and has been seen on various occasions going to the mosques in Kelantan dressed simply in a ‘jubah’ (robe) or a white ‘kopiah’ (skullcap) and sandals, without any royal entourage.

Sultan Nazrin’s profound royal addresses, meanwhile, have often garnered attention locally and internationally.

Political analyst, Dr Chandra Muzaffar opined that the appointment of both rulers were exactly what the country needed at the moment.

“The Agong is someone committed to the people while his deputy is someone known for his integrity and deep moral values,” he said.

He said both rulers had values that were crucial in reaching out the population, with the majority being youths.

“Sultan Muhammad enjoys mingling with his subjects and is at ease with them. He is also a man of religion and often goes to the mosques to pray, which makes him accessible to the people,” Chandra explained.

He said in a time when many in the population were struggling with the rising costs of living, having a ruler who goes down to the ground was important as his majesty’s findings could be relayed in the form of advice to the country’s administrative body.

Chandra also viewed Sultan Nazrin’s appointment as ‘perfecting the combination’. The Perak monarch is known for his focus on honesty and integrity among the country’s leadership.

The ruler recently voiced out his concern on the increaseing number of bribery and breach of trust cases committed openly by those in high positions.

He spoke of the matter during his address at the state-level 1438H Maulidur Rasul celebration in Perak on Dec 12, a day before he was appointed the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

In addition to their high moral values, both rulers also share impressive academic backgrounds.

Both Sultan Muhammad V and Sultan Nazrin received their higher education at Oxford.

Upon completing his studies at the St.Cross College and Centre for Islamic Studies at Oxford, Sultan Muhammad V continued his education at the Deutsche Stiflung Entwicking in Berlin, Germany and subsequently the European Business School in London.

Sultan Nazrin, meanwhile, pursued a masters degree in public administration at Harvard University after obtaining a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in Oxford.

He subsequently obtained a doctorate in Political Economics and Government at Harvard. He was also conferred an Honorary Fellowship at Worcester College in Oxford in Oct 2013.

Constitutional law expert, Assoc Prof Dr Shamrahayu Abdul Aziz opined that the intellectual abilities of both rulers would help them decipher the plethora of issues plaguing the country.

“In times like these, it is important to have a head of state with a strong academic background so that wise decisions regarding the country’s future could be made,” said the Principal Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Shariah, Law and Politics at the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM).

She said it would also aid Sultan Muhammad V in areas of administration which His Majesty might not have been familiar with due to his relatively shorter time as a ruler, compared with those from other states.

Sultan Muhammad V was proclaimed the Sultan of Kelantan in 2010. A year prior to that he was appointed as the ‘Pemangku Raja’.

Earlier, he was appointed a rightful heir with the title Tengku Mahkota in March 1979 and installed in October 1985.

He reigned as the 14th Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong from 2010 until his appointment as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Shamrahayu said Sultan Nazrin, meanwhile, was highly knowledgable in the country’s formation and history, as proven in his articulation of the facts during his royal addresses.

“His knowledge on the country’s policies, history, legal system, judiciary, human rights, economy and racial unity shows how well versed he is in the country’s administrative system.

“He is able to think locally and globally and delve into the minds of both the older and younger generations, making him a wonderful ruler,” she said.

Both Chandra and Shamrahayu were positive that both rulers would take the country to greater heights.

Chandra hoped that their administrative advice to the country’s executive body would help in resolving the issues plaguing the country.

He noted that the constitutional monarchy system practiced by the country provided room for both the rulers to take action within the boundaries of the constitution.

Shamrahayu, meanwhile, hoped that the monarchy would become the voice of reason in the current state of politics for the sake of a better future for the country. – BERNAMA

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.

SEPANG: Kelantan Ruler Sultan Muhammad V has arrived at the Bunga Raya Complex, KL International Airport (KLIA), for the swearing-in ceremony and signing of the instrument of office as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Sultan Muhammad V arrived at 10.16am Tuesday and was welcomed by the Raja Muda Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah, Tengku Laksamana Selangor, Tengku Sulaiman Shah and Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, as Chairman of the Special Committee, and his wife Datin Seri Raya Erom.

His Majesty passed by a static honour guard comprising two officers and 26 men of 1st Unit Royal Ranger Regiment led by Captain Mohd Hafiz Mohamad Noor, and proceeded in a motorcade to Parliament Square for the ceremonial welcome.

Sultan Muhammad V,47, was elected as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the 243rd (Special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers in October.

The meeting also elected the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, as the Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong. – Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR – Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah will go home to Kedah tomorrow (Dec 12), thus ending his five-year reign as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The sending off ceremony with Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Hajah Haminah, is scheduled to take place in full tradition at 8am at Istana Negara, here.

The royal couple will stop at Dataran Parlimen before departing for Bunga Raya Complex, KL International Airport (KLIA), Sepang to return to Kedah.

Tuanku Abdul Halim created history when he became the first ruler to hold office as Yang di-Pertuan Agong twice.

The first time was as the 5th Yang di-Pertuan Agong from Sept 21, 1970 to Sept 20, 1975 and the second time was from Dec 13, 2011 to Dec 12, 2016.

Tuanku Abdul Halim will be replaced by the Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V, who will become the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong. – BERNAMA