Pahang’s Tengku Abdullah as 16th King?


Speculation on who will be the next Yang Di-Pertuan Agong rose a few notches after reports that the Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah could be the 16th King of Malaysia.

English daily The New Straits Times had reported that the Pahang royal family would meet this week to discuss the possibility of Tengku Abdullah’s ascension as the Sultan of Pahang.

The move, if endorsed by the Pahang royal house, would open the door for Tengku Abdullah to be the next King based on the rotational system practised and largely adhered to by the nine rulers.

Based on the unique practice, Pahang’s Sultan Ahmad Shah is next in line to be installed as the King.

However, the 88-year-old’s health is said to prevent him to be the King, a position, although largely ceremonial, that carries a lot of official duties.

If Tengku Abdullah ascends to Pahang’s throne is crowned as the Sultan, he could throw his name in as the next King based on the rotational system.

The question on who will be Malaysia’s next King has been a hot topic following the Sultan of Kelantan’s abrupt resignation as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Sunday.

Following Sultan Muhammad V’s decision to vacate his position, a special meeting of the Conference of the Malay Rulers to elect the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong and his deputy will be convened on Jan 24, according to the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad.

A Rulers’ meeting on Monday made the decision on the special meeting and also ruled that the swearing-in ceremony for the elected Agong will be held later this month on Jan 31.

The meeting on Monday was attended by the Sultan of Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, Raja Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail, Yang Dipertuan Besar Negri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir, Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah and Sultan of Kedah Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah. 

The new King and his deputy will be sworn in on Jan 31.

Tengku Abdullah, 59, has been the Pahang Regent for two years. Sultan Ahmad Shah can relinquish his rights and powers according to Pahang’s constitution.

The abrupt departure of Sultan Muhammad V and the appointment of the new King had gained wide interest with various comments and analysis.

Three people have also been arrested over statements, deemed as seditious, in relation to Sultan Muhammad V’s resignation.