KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s King Sultan Muhammad V abdicated on Sunday (January 6), according to a statement released by the National Palace.
According to the National Palace, Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan has stepped down as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, confirming the online rumors that heightened after Malaysia’s nine monarchs’ meeting this week.
“In discharging the wishes of His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, Istana Negara hereby announces that His Majesty is abdicating as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong effective Jan 6, 2019, pursuant to Article 32 (3) of the Federal Constitution” said Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz.
Sultan Muhammad started his reign in December 2016 and was supposed to serve a five-year term. Prior to his abdication, he took a 2-month break from November to December 2018.
With his abdication, Malaysia’s nine Malay states rulers will have to elect among themselves a new king.