Agong’s ‘shock abdication’ grabs global headlines

The Malaysian Insight

Sultan Muhammad V's decision to abdicate the throne as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong has shocked many commentators and Malaysians. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 7, 2019.

SULTAN Muhammad V’s surprise abdication as Agong just two years into his five-year term on the throne has been called a “modern-day upheaval” that has gripped Malaysians and international observers alike, according to foreign publications.

A statement from Istana Negara yesterday stated that Sultan Muhammad V was stepping down in accordance with Article 32(3) of the federal constitution but offered no reason for his abdication.

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  • Was the marriage a red herring to cover up something else ?

    Posted 3 years ago by Raman Raman

    • the report said that the wedding was "the last straw that broke the camel's back". maybe there were other things too?

      Posted 3 years ago by Sharizal Shaarani

  • If its really the case where the King was advised to step down by the Rulers council than I am afraid its the council that is a bit backwards in today's time with regards to Royalties marriage as I would say most Malaysian would welcome whoever the King decides to be his Queen. In view there's no official statement made bounce to have various versions of theories of what actually took place and to give no explanation to the nation doesn't help.

    Posted 3 years ago by Teruna Kelana

    • I disagree.

      Posted 3 years ago by Sharizal Shaarani