King confers military rank on princes

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  • Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020

Royal honour: Sultan Abdullah conferring the rank of Lt-Muda on Tengku Hassanal while Tunku Azizah looks on at Istana Negara. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah graced the conferment of rank ceremony for their two sons at Istana Negara.

Sultan Abdullah, who is the Supreme Commander of the Malaysian Armed Forces, personally conferred the rank of Lt-Muda on the Regent of Pahang Tengku Mahkota Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah, and the rank of Lt-Kol on Tengku Panglima Raja Tengku Amir Nasser Ibrahim Shah.

Present yesterday were members of Pahang’s royal family, as well as Chief of Defence Force Jen Tan Sri Affendi Buang, Army chief Jen Tan Sri Ahmad Hasbullah Mohd Nawawi, Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Reza Mohd Sany and Air Force chief Jeneral Datuk Seri Ackbal Abdul Samad.

Following the conferment of the rank, Tengku Hassanal will be deployed to the 4th Mechanised Brigade of the 12th Battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment based in Pahang, and Tengku Amir to the 1st Battalion of the 505th Regiment of the Territorial Army, also based in Pahang.

Tengku Hassanal completed his 44-week training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) in Britain at the end of last year.

On Dec 13,2019, Tengku Hassanal, 24, was among the 242 cadet officers commissioned at the Sovereign’s Parade at Sandhurst, graced by Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, who was representing Queen Elizabeth II.

Both Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah attended the ceremony.

RMAS is one of several military academies in Britain and is the British Army’s initial officer training centre.

For decades, it has trained many royalty and leaders.

Sultan Abdullah himself attended the academy from 1978 to 1979 and was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth II in 1980.

Among the notable alumni of the academy are the Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail, Sultan of Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin and Raja Muda of Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah. — Bernama

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