KUALA LUMPUR: It was a day steeped in tradition and custom as Kelantan Ruler Sultan Muhammad V ascended the throne as Malaysia’s 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Sultan Muhammad V arrived at Istana Negara about 11.20am to take his oath of office as the new King and sign the instrument of proclamation, at Balairong Seri (throne room).
Well-wishers were gathered outside the palace entrance to catch a glimpse of Sultan Muhammad V as he arrived.
The solemn ceremonies were held during the 244th (Special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers chaired by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, which also saw Perak Ruler Sultan Nazrin Shah take the oath of office as Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak then read out the Letter of Proclamation declaring that Sultan Muhammad V was now the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Sultan Nazrin Shah, the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Federal Territory Mufti Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri recited a prayer and the ceremony concluded with the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal Datuk Syed Danial Syed Ahmad announcing the adjournment of the 244th (Special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers sine die.
All nine Malay Rulers or their representatives and three Yang di-Pertua Negeri attended the ceremonies.
Also present were Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Cabinet ministers and their deputies, MPs, senators, senior government officers and diplomats.
Following the ceremonies, Najib led a delegation of Cabinet ministers and other VIPs for an audience with their majesties.
Earlier yesterday, at 7.50am, Sultan Muhammad V left Istana Negeri, Kubang Kerian, for the Sultan Ismail Petra Airport in Pengkalan Chepa.
He was accompanied by the Regent and Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan, Tengku Dr Muhammad Faiz Petra, Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob and many other dignitaries.
Thousands lined the 14km route from Istana Negeri to the airport and cheered while waving the Kelantan and Jalur Gemilang flags as Sultan Muhammad V’s motorcade passed. Cultural performances were staged at 11 locations along the route.
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, who was the minister-in-attendance, accompanied Sultan Muhammad V who took off at 9.12am on a special flight to KLIA.
Sultan Muhammad V arrived at KLIA’s Bunga Raya Complex about an hour later where he was welcomed by Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah, Tengku Laksamana Selangor Tengku Sulaiman Shah, and Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, the Special Committee chairman.
Sultan Muhammad V was given a static honour guard comprising two officers and 26 men of the Royal Ranger Regiment led by Captain Mohd Hafiz Mohamad Noor before proceeding in a motorcade to Parliament Square.
He arrived at about 11am and was greeted by the sound of the nafiri (Malay trumpets) played by 14 members of the Army’s Royal Ceremonial Ensemble.
The ceremony began with the national anthem played by the Royal Malay Regiment Central Band, led by Captain Muhammad Nor Azizan Yahya, as the royal colour of Sultan Muhammad V and the national flag were raised simultaneously.
A 21-gun salute was fired as Sultan Muhammad V then inspected an honour guard comprising 103 members and four officers of the 1st Battalion Royal Malay Regiment led by Major Mohd Ridhwan Basheer.
A prayer was then recited by Federal Territory Mufti Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, followed by another salute and the rendition of the Negaraku again.
Sultan Muhammad V left for Istana Negara at about 11.15am to take his oath as the next Yang di-Pertuan Agong for a five-year term.
Sultan Muhammad V is the appellation for Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra, who ascended the throne as the 29th Sultan of Kelantan on 13 Sept, 2010.
He was installed as Tengku Mahkota Kelantan on Oct 6, 1985.