PEKAN: Congratulations poured in from leaders and the people upon the proclamation of Sultan Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah (pic) as the new Ruler of Pahang.
Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said the state would benefit from having a young and energetic monarch who was always close to the people.
“I have given him my assurance that the federal government will work with the Pahang government to develop the state for the prosperity of its people.
“I am confident that his reign will strengthen relations with the federal government,” he said after the proclamation ceremony at Istana Abu Bakar here yesterday.
Azmin said he had known Sultan Abdullah, 59, for more than 30 years.
“We used to exercise and play badminton together. This relationship endures and after such a long time, Sultan Abdullah has inherited the crown. As an acquaintance, I am surely elated with his proclamation as Sultan of Pahang,” he said.
Sultan Abdullah was made the Tengku Mahkota Pahang on July 1, 1975, and installed as the heir apparent on Oct 23, 1977.
He served as Regent when Sultan Ahmad Shah was the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (1979-84). He was appointed Regent again in December 2016.
MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said the people of Pahang were looking forward to Sultan Abdullah’s reign, whom he described as a passionate Ruler.
“He is approachable, friendly, humble and dignified in his conduct. We hope that Sultan Abdullah will help to bring in more development for Pahang,” said Ti.
Celebrated songstress Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza said she felt lucky watching a prince she knew ascending the throne as Sultan.
The Pahang-born said that early in her career, she was frequently invited to perform at functions organised by the state government, among which were attended by Sultan Abdullah and his father, Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah.
“He (Sultan Abdullah) can also sing. We have performed duets together and his choice of songs are ballads. One of his favourites is Sampai Hati (by the band Spring),” she said.
Johor Southern Tigers, the official website of the Johor Darul Ta’zim football club owned by Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, extended its good wishes.
“Daulat Tuanku. Sincerely from players, the management, officers and supporters of Johor Darul Ta’zim FC. May Allah protect the Sultan,” it said in a statement.
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak congratulated Sultan Abdullah on his Twitter account: “May Pahang continue to prosper and progress under Tuanku’s reign. Daulat Tuanku!”