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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
developments.”

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.

–BERNAMA

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

KUALA LUMPUR – The outgoing 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah played a crucial role in complementing the government’s efforts to enhance bilateral relations with other nations.

His majesty fulfilled his role through official visits and hosting other state leaders who arrived in Malaysia.

As he had reigned twice as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, with the first being from 1970 to 1975, Tuanku Abdul Halim has certainly been to many nations to help the country enhance diplomatic ties.

He also hosted many dignitaries, including presidents, prime ministers and royals throughout his tenure as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. They include US and Chinese presidents and even The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

LONGSTANDING TIES WITH JAPANESE ROYALS

Speaking of the ties with foreign royals, Tuanku Abdul Halim’s bond with the Japanese royals goes back a long way.

He first got to know Emperor Akihito when the latter was the crown prince who made a visit to Malaysia in 1970 when his majesty was the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Old frienships were renewed when they met up again twice when Akihito returned to Malaysia as the emperor along with his consort Empress Michiko in 1991 and 2006 respectively.

Later, in 2012, Tuanku Abdul Halim and Akihito met again, this time in London during Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.

After Tuanku Abdul Halim returned as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for the second time, he and the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah set off to Japan on the invitation of the emperor of the land of the rising sun.

The October 2012 visit not only marked the long standing friendship between the two royals but also between both nations.

Coincidently, like pointed out by Britain’s daily ‘The Guardian’ in 2015 both royals shared a number of similar attributes, among others the longest reigning monarchs of the world.

LOOKING EAST

Being a visionary himself, Tuanku Abdul Halim also viewed positively the government’s “Look East Policy” to emulate Japan’s success. He was of the opinion that cultural exchange programmes were crucial in boosting friendship, understanding and unity among the youths of both nations.

“I am confident that the friendship between the younger generation at both sides will contribute towards the harmonious relations of both nations in the future,” he said during his visit to Japan.

Tuanku Abdul Halim also noted that the country’s rapid economic growth and Japan’s esteemed position in the international community would remain the inspiration for all Malaysians.

His Majesty advised Malaysians going to Japan to maintain the country’s good image in whatever they do there and also respect the culture and customs of the locals. He was also proud of the Malaysians there who have brought good name to the country through their achievements or deeds.

CHINA TOO IS OF SIGNIFICANCE TO TUANKU ABDUL HALIM

Malaysia has always viewed China as an important diplomatic partner and it was during Tuanku Abdul Halim’s reign as the Fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong Malaysia-China diplomatic relations began.

It was 1974 when the historic meeting of Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and Chinese Communist Revolutionary leader Mao Zedong took place. It was a watershed moment for both countries and heralded the Malaysia-China diplomatic relations.

During his second term two important Chinese leaders visited Malaysia further strengthening Malaysia-China bilateral relations. The Chinese President Xi Jinping who visited Malaysia in October 2013 also paid a courtesy call on Tuanku Abdul Halim.

Earlier, in March the same year, his majesty received the courtesy call from the Chairman and Party secretary of the National Committee of the People’s Political Consultative Conference, Jia Qinglin.

In Sept 2014, his majesty set off to Beijing and was given an official welcome and reception by President Xi and wife, Peng Liyuan.

During both meets his majesty voiced his confidence that the developing Malaysia-China bilateral relations would not only benefit both sides but also Asia on the whole.

OBAMA’S HISTORIC VISIT

Tuanku Abdul Halim has also seen two American presidents visiting Malaysia, the first being Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966 when he was the deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Barack Obama in 2014 when he reigned for the second time.

President Obama in his speech during the banquet in Istana Negara shared his predecessor Johnson’s high regards on Malaysia in his speech at Istana Negara.

At the same event Tuanku Abdul Halim showed his appreciation for Obama on his country’s assistance in locating Malaysia Airlines’ missing flight MH370 and stated that it was the testament of the strong relations between both countries.

He also stated that Malaysia would continue to foster strong relations with the United States as it is the foundation for the stability and prosperity of the world.

OTHER COUNTRIES

During his five-year reign, Tuanku Abdul Halim had received the courtesy calls of leaders of various nations – United Kingdom, Indonesia, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Thailand, Brunei, the Philippines, Swaziland, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic and Bahrain.

He also visited ASEAN member states – Brunei, Myanmar, Vietnam and Singapore – to help foster greater friendship.

Tuanku Abdul Halim was chosen as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong during the 226th Malay Ruler’s Council meeting on 14 Oct 2011 to replace the outgoing Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong are chosen among the Malay heredity rulers for a five-year term and this method of choosing the head of state is probably the only of its kind in the world. – BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA: Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has mocked the withdrawal of his invitation to the installation of the new king, claiming that national events appear to be part of party politics.

On his blog chedet.cc on Thursday, Dr Mahathir said he received an invitation on Nov 10 from the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal to attend the installation of the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Dec 13 at the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

“I said I would attend because I see this occasion as a national event, which has no relation to any political parties,” he added.

However, his invitation was withdrawn on Dec 6 via a letter from the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal.

The letter said its intent was to spare Dr Mahathir any embarrassment if he attended the event as there would not be a seat reserved for him.

“It seems that national events are actually part of party politics,” Dr Mahathir, who is also Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman, wrote sarcastically on his blog.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah and the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah Wednesday attended the parade of thanks to His Majesty the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the Army Square in the Sungai Besi Camp here.

The ceremony was held to symbolise the Malaysian Armed Forces’ (ATM) appreciation to Tuanku Abdul Halim, who is the Supreme Commander of ATM, and Tuanku Hajah Haminah at the end of their official tenure as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong on Dec 12.

The arrival of the royal couple at the Army Square at 8.30am was greeted with the “Hormat Diraja”, followed by the national anthem.

Tuanku Abdul Halim, whose tenure as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong ends on Dec 12, will be replaced by Kelantan Ruler, Sultan Muhammad V. – Bernama