KUANTAN: The Pahang government has declared a special state holiday today in conjunction with the swearing-in of the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said it was to commemorate Sultan Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah taking his oath of office as the new King.
“The last time the people witnessed such a historic event was four decades ago when Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah was sworn in as the seventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
“This special holiday has been declared because it is a significant and historical date for the people of Pahang,” Wan Rosdy said after chairing the state exco meeting yesterday.
He said the holiday was to mark the state government’s and the people’s pride and joy for their Ruler.
Al-Sultan Abdullah and his consort Tengku Ampuan Pahang Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Almarhum Sultan Iskandar will be taking off to Kuala Lumpur to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
The new Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong will take their oath of office and sign the instrument of office today.
On Jan 24, Sultan Abdullah was elected as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong by the Conference of Rulers.
As announced by the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, Sultan Abdullah’s five-year tenure as the King begins today.