Following reports of the Malay rulers convening an unusual ad hoc meeting to discuss a “serious matter” and social media speculation of the Agong’s whereabouts amid rumours of his abdication, the king emerged performing Friday prayers in Kelantan.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V joined a Muslim congregation in performing Friday prayers at the Masjid Al Sultan Ismail Petra in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, today.
He was greeted by Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob and state Mufti Datuk Mohamad Shukri Mohamad on arrival, according to Bernama. The king joined approximately 2,000 people in the session led by Ustaz Abdul Bari Abdullah.
This is the first official appearance of the Agong since he went on leave late last year for medical reasons. Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah had served as the acting Agong during his absence.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad declined to comment on rumours that Sultan Muhammad will be abdicating the throne, saying there was no official notice of the matter. He added that he did not want to speculate.