ALOR SETAR: Kedahans are beaming with pride and joy that their Sultan will once again be the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Many feel that the coronation of Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah as King for the second time will be a significant moment in the country’s history, especially those who still remember his first coronation in 1970.
Kedah state secretary Datuk Rasli Basir said the government would plan various programmes until Dec 13 to celebrate the event.
It was reported that Sultan Abdul Halim, 83, who served as King from Sept 21, 1970, to Sept 20, 1975, will become the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong for five years from Dec 13.
Sultan Abdul Halim, who is now Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong, will succeed Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, the Sultan of Terengganu, who completes his term in December.
The special meeting of the Conference of Rulers also elected the Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V, as the next Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Businessman Yew Hong Chai, 45, said although he was too young to remember the first coronation, he was looking forward to the event this time around.
“I was only four years old then. As a Kedahan, I am proud to say my Sultan will be the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for the second time,” he said.
Sultan Abdul Halim, who was born on Nov 28, 1927, at Istana Anak Bukit here, ascended the Kedah throne on July 14, 1958, following the death of his father, Sultan Badlishah.
He graduated from Wadham College, University of Oxford, in Britain, with a degree in social science and public administration.
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