The Sultan of Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’azam Shah yesterday took the oath of office as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong at a ceremony steeped in royal traditions at Istana Negara, here. This is the second time that Tuanku Abdul Halim has been chosen as King, the first time from Jan 21, 1970 to Sept 20, 1975, having been appointed to the post at age 43, making him among the youngest Malay rulers to hold the post. Tuanku Halim was chosen by the Malay rulers the second time for the post at the 226th (Special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers held at Istana Negara on Oct 14, 2011 for a five-year period, effective on Tuesday.
|TUANKU Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah menyerahkan surat sumpah pelantikan sebagai Yang di-Pertuan Agong Ke-14 kepada Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak pada Istiadat Khas Mesyuarat Raja-Raja Ke-227 di Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur. BERNAMA|
Tuanku Abdul Halim, 84, who was before this the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong since Dec 13, 2006, replaces the Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, who ended his term as the 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday. The rotation system for the post of Yang di-Pertuan Agong among the nine Malay hereditary rulers began since the country’s independence on Aug 31, 1957.
The ceremony yesterday was the first held at the new, majestic and sprawling Istana Negara which bears Islamic and Malay architectural elements and located on a 96.52ha site in Jalan Duta, here. The ceremony began at 11.15am, with the 227th (Special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers convened in conjunction with the taking of oath and signing of the instrument of office at the Balairong Seri (Throne Room). The meeting was chaired by the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail.
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