KUANTAN: The Regent of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, will be the sixth Sultan of Pahang on Jan 15.
This was announced by Tengku Muda Pahang Tengku Abdul Rahman Al-Haj ibni Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah at Istana Abu Bakar in Pekan on Saturday (Jan 12.)
On Friday, the Pahang Royal Council had a meeting that lasted four hours in a hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
The meeting was chaired by Tengku Abdullah and attended by members of the Royal Council.
The current state Ruler, Sultan Ahmad Shah, aged 88, is unwell.
Tengku Abdullah's installation as the Sultan of Pahang would pave the way for him to be one of the candidates for Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The selection of the next King has become a much-discussed topic after Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan stepped down on Jan 6.
The Keeper of the Rulers' Seal Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad said the next King would take his oath of office on Jan 31.
After the Sultan of Kelantan, the next in line in the rotation of the nine Malay Rulers are the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan of Johor and Sultan of Perak respectively.