ROTATING MONARCHY: Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah crowned Malaysia’s new king

Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, an avid golfer and Frank Sinatra fan, becomes oldest constitutional monarch in Malaysian history. An 84-year-old Malaysian state sultan has ascended the throne to become the oldest constitutional monarch inthe country’s history. Under a unique system maintained since Malaysia’s independence from Britain in 1957, nine hereditary state rulers take turns as the country’s king for five-year terms.

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ROTATING MONARCHY 

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Incoming Monarch:

14th Yang di Pertuan Agong’s Swearing in Ceremony:


Outgoing Monarch :

Yang Di Pertuan Agong’s Royal Departure

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BECOMING A KING 

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Documentary on the Former King’s Coronation (In English):

Terengganu Sultan Mizan installation ceremony as the king of Malaysia (Yang Di-Pertuan Agong).

Part I :

Part II :

 


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Malaysian TV Insights

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Malaysian TV Coverage of Coronation Ceremony:

Princess shares insights on new Agong:

The youngest daughter of the Kedah Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah gives some insights of her father, the new King ang also of growing up in the Palace.

An overview of Malaysias different Monarchs:

 

 

Sultan, 84, crowned Malaysia’s new king (guardian, Tuesday 13 December 2011)

Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, an avid golfer and Frank Sinatra fan, becomes oldest constitutional monarch in Malaysian history

An 84-year-old Malaysian state sultan has ascended the throne to become the oldest constitutional monarch in the country’s history.

Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah took his oath of office in a nationally televised ceremony attended by hundreds of dignitaries in Malaysia‘s new federal palace.

Under a unique system maintained since Malaysia’s independence from Britain in 1957, nine hereditary state rulers take turns as the country’s king for five-year terms.

The monarch’s roleis largely ceremonial, since administrative power is vested in the prime minister and parliament. But the position is highly regarded, particularly among the ethnic Malay Muslim majority, as the supreme upholder of Malay tradition and symbolic head of Islam.

“The king isthe umbrella to the people and the people are the pillars of the king,”Sultan Abdul Halim said in comments issued through the national news agency, Bernama. “The king’s greatest role is to ensure there will be no cruelty and destruction to the people and to the country.”

Wearing black and yellow regalia, the king was sworn in after inspecting a military honour guard and receiving a 21-gun salute at parliament.

His roles include appointing cabinet ministers and senior judges on the advice of the prime minister. He also appoints top Islamic clerics and is considered the highest ranking figure in the armed forces.

Public criticism of the king and state sultans is more or less illegal. Under Malaysian sedition laws people who incite “hatred or contempt” towards the monarchy can be imprisoned for three years.

Abdul Halim, an avid golfer and sports fan, is the constitutional ruler of Malaysia’s northern Kedah state, nicknamed the country’s rice bowl because of its vast paddy fields.

Besides being Malaysia’s 14th and oldest king, Abdul Halim is the first to ascend the throne twice. He was also king between 1970 and 1975, when the father of Malaysia’s current prime minister, Najib Razak, was premier. He succeeds Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, 49, who was one of Malaysia’s youngest kings.

The new king is in robust health for his age. In 2006 he walked more than a mile to a stadium to watch his state’s football team in a tournament because his car was caught in traffic.

Abdul Halim, who was installed as ruler of his state in 1958, has been described by his family as a caring leader and a fan of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole.

Malaysian media noted that when Abdul Halim became king in 1970 he had to travel by train from Kedah to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s largest city.

On Tuesday he took a flight and was bid farewell by an estimated 30,000 people who thronged the roads to Kedah’s airport.

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