The Malay rulers convened at Istana Negara today for the 252nd special meeting of the Conference of Rulers which saw the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong and his deputy taking their oaths and signing the instrument of office.
The meeting convened at the throne room at 10.55am.
It was chaired by Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and attended by all the Malay rulers except Kelantan’s Sultan Muhammad V who was represented by the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan, Tengku Dr Muhammad Faiz Petra.
The governors of Melaka, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak were also present.
At the meeting, Pahang’s Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah took his oath of office as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong while Perak ruler Sultan Nazrin Shah took his oath of office as Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong, to reign for five years beginning today.
Their Majesties signed the instrument of office after the swearing-in.
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, his wife Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali and Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail were also present at the event.
Dr Mahathir read out the instrument of proclamation, officially signifying Sultan Abdullah’s ascension to the throne as the new head of state of Malaysia, in accordance with the laws and the Federal Constitution.
The Mufti of Sabah, Datuk Bungsu @ Aziz Jaafar, recited the ‘doa’ (prayers), seeking the blessings of the Almighty for the well-being of Their Majesties, the people and the nation.
Earlier, Sultan Abdullah and his consort, Tengku Ampuan Pahang Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, left Istana Abdulaziz in Kuantan as early as 7am to board a flight to Kuala Lumpur.
They left the airbase at 8.34am and arrived at the Bunga Raya Complex of the KL International Airport in Sepang after 45 minutes.
They were later driven to Istana Negara with sovereign escorts from Parliament Square, after the state welcome there following the flight from Kuantan.