KUALA LUMPUR, January 6 – Sultan Muhammad V has stepped down as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, according to a statement from the Istana Negara, today.
According to the statement, His Majesty’s resignation as the King of Malaysia takes effect on Sunday, January 6, 2019.
The statement also stated that in serving his duties as the YDP Agong, His Majety had fulfilled his responsibility and his onus as the Head of State, played the part as the pillar of stability, the source of justice, the core of unity among the people.
His Majesty also expressed his thanks to the Council of Rulers for choosing him to be the Agong starting from December 13, 2016. He also thanked the Prime Minister and the government for their cooperation in the administration of the country.
His Majesty’s final royal decree as Yang DiPertuan Agong was for the people of Malaysia to uphold unity, tolerance and to work together in picking up the responsibility to maintain peace and harmony in the country.
Sultan Muhammad V will be returning to the state of Kelantan, to work with the state government in order to maintain and develop the state for the well-being of the people.
Rumours of Agong abdicating proven true
For the past week or so, rumours of His Majesty abdicating his position as the King were flying on social media.
Despite various parties quashing such rumours including the Deputy Menteri Besar of Kelantan while the Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad himself said that he had only heard rumours, this resignation proves the rumours to be true.
Blogger Hussein Abdul Hamid was among the first to break the news on January 2, 2019 about a meeting of the Rulers discussing the abdication.
Hussein Abdul Hamid writes on https://blog.steadyaku47.com
Reign marred by various rumours
Sultan Muhammad V reign as YDP Agong was marred by various rumours that went viral on social media.
On May 10, 2018, Malaysia was made to wait anxiously for what many remembers as the ‘palace hold-up’, when there seemed to be hands holding back the appointment of Tun Mahathir as the Prime Minister after Pakatan Harapan had won the 14th General Election.
Early in June 2018, it was reported by various media that the Agong had initially not consented to the appointment of Tommy Thomas as the Attorney General. This was later cleared when the Agong gave consent, Tommy was announced as AG.
In November 2018, Sultan Muhammad V went on a leave of absence and his role as YDP Agong was temporarily filled by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah.
Later in the month, international news reported that Sultan Muhammad V had married former Miss Moscow 2015 in Russia.
No statements were released by the palace to deny or confirm the marriage.
On January 2, 2019, Tun Mahathir’s blog chedet.cc wrote about The Rule of Law. Among other things, it talked about “the Rule of Law applying to everyone from the Rulers to the Prime Minister and Ministers, to the civil servants and ordinary citizens. That there is no provision which exempts anyone from the Rule of Law; For the Rulers there is a special court but the laws are the same as the laws applicable to ordinary citizens; The Rulers too must respect the laws. It is disturbing to see blatant breaches of the law being perpetrated in the mistaken belief that immunity has somehow been accorded.”