Sultan Muhammad V’s short reign as Agong

Christopher Rabin

Sultan Muhammad V inspecting the royal honour guard before opening Parliament on July 17, 2018 in his capacity as then Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Sultan Muhammad V has stepped down as the King today. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 6, 2019.

THE abdication of Sultan Muhammad V as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong today comes after weeks of intense rumour and speculation on social media.

While the true reason for his decision to step down just after over 750 days as the King will never be officially known, Sultan Muhammad V had always attracted some form of controversy or another – be it the manner he took over as the Sultan of Kelantan from his father, or his supposed delaying of the appointment of Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the new prime minister after GE14, or for cracking a joke at the expense of lawmakers by telling them to “sila duduk, jangan lari”.

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