KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has made an official visit to the Defence Ministry here.
His Majesty was welcomed upon arrival at 11am on Monday (July 4) by Senior Minister (Security) and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, his deputy Datuk Seri Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz, ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Muez Abd Aziz, Malaysian Armed Forces chief General Tan Sri Affendi Buang and the ministry's services and management chiefs.
The national anthem 'Negaraku' was played by the combined bands of the Royal Malay Regiment before His Majesty received the royal salute and inspected the guard of honour comprising four officers and 103 members led by Major Nurul Fauzan Md Sabri.
The King then signed the visitors' book witnessed by Hishammuddin and Affendi.
After the 30-minute welcoming ceremony, His Majesty listened to a briefing together with Mindef's senior officers on various related issues.
The over three-hour visit by His Majesty ended with the exchange of greetings with the ministry's officers and staff.
This official visit by Sultan Abdullah to Mindef is the first since the proclamation of His Majesty as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong. – Bernama