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KUALA PILAH: Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir was installed as the 11th Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan in a ceremony steeped in tradition and witnessed by Malaysians all over the country.
Tuanku Muhriz, 61, who looked resplendent in a striking yellow traditional Malay outfit, is the son of the ninth Yang di-Pertuan Besar Tuanku Munawir and the grandson of the country’s first Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Rah-man.
The ceremony, which began at 8am yesterday and was carried live over RTM1 from 11am, was held at the throne room of the Istana Besar Seri Menanti in the royal town of Seri Menanti.
The proceedings began with the arrival of the four Undang at the Istana Besar to a 15-gun salute.
Tuanku Muhriz then inspected a guard of honour by the 41st Ceremonial Battery of the Royal Malay Regiment. This was followed by a 21-gun salute.
All the dignitaries then entered the throne room at 11.15am and the state anthem was played.
Tuanku Muhriz and his consort Tuanku Aishah Rohani made their entry and took their seats at 11.30am.
Dato’ Bentara Kanan Ibrahim Ujang then asked the Yang di-Pertuan Besar’s consent to initiate proceedings.
Undang Sungei Ujong Datuk Mubarak Dohak was called on to proclaim the installation and speaking on behalf of the four Undang, he rose and proclaimed the installation of the new state ruler.
The Dato’ Bentara Kanan announced to all present that the proclamation had been made. He then shouted “Daulat Tuanku”, which was repeated thrice by those present.
The state anthem was again played, followed by a 32-gun salute.
Present to witness the event were the representatives of the Malay Rulers, the Pengiran Muda of Brunei and his consort, the governors of Penang, Malacca and Sabah, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and several Cabinet ministers.
In his first address after being installed, Tuanku Muhriz thanked the four Undang who vested their trust in him to lead the state.
“I hereby pledge to carry out my duties and responsibilities most justly. I would also like to record my gratitude to my royal brethren from the other states for being present here today (yesterday),” he said.
He also thanked Najib as well as other dignitaries for their attendance.
Tuanku Muhriz reminded all elected representatives in the state to continue to work for the betterment of the people.
“This is important for the continued stability of our multi-religious, multi-racial and multi-cultural country. This is our strength and we should continue this march forward as a peaceful nation,” he said.
The Discovery Network, as well as journalists from 10 countries, were also here to document the event. Discovery Channel will air the footage in South-east Asia, the Far-East, Australia and New Zealand early next year.
The last time such a ceremony was held was in 1968 when Tuanku Muhriz’s uncle Tuanku Ja’afar Tuanku Abdul Rahman was installed as the Yang di-Pertuan Besar.
Tuanku Muhriz was proclaimed the Yang di-Pertuan Besar on Dec 29, 2008 after Tuanku Ja’afar’s death.
Tuanku Aishah was installed on April 14 as the state practises a system where the ruler’s consort is installed ahead of him.
Their oldest son Tunku Ali Redhauddin took over his father’s previous title as Tunku Besar Seri Menanti on Feb 22.
As a thanksgiving gesture, a royal banquet will be held today, to be attended by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Sultan of Brunei, the Malay Rulers, senior federal and state-level officials and other dignitaries.
The celebrations will culminate in a procession of floats, a fireworks display and a cultural performance on Friday and a concert in Seremban on Saturday.
Members of the public will be feted with a feast tomorrow at the Tunku Laksamana Nasir school field in Kuala Pilah.