Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah named new king of Malaysia

Highlights:

  • Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was named new king of Malaysia to take place of Sultan Muhammad V who abdicated from the post earlier.
  • Hewas the hereditary ruler of the central Malaysian state of Pahang and a prominent adviser to several world sporting bodies, was on 24 January 2019 named the country’s new king.
  • He replaces the previous king, the flamboyant Sultan Muhammad V, who had stunned the country with his sudden abdication in early January 2019. The new king will be installed in a traditional ceremony on 31 January 2019.
  • Malaysia’s unique system of rotational constitutional monarchy requires the role of king to be passed between the heads of the country’s nine royal households.