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    Sultan Muhammad V abdicates as Malaysia's king in historic first



    KUALA LUMPUR: Sultan Muhammad V stepped down as Malaysia's king on Sunday (Jan 6) after just two years on the throne - marking a first in the country's history.


    The king had officially notified the Malay Rulers on his abdication through a letter sent to the Secretary of the Conference of Rulers, said the comptroller of the royal household in a statement.


    “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 Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz.


    Wan Ahmad Dahlan said Sultan Muhammad V expressed his gratitude to the Malay Rulers, who elected him as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Dec 13, 2016.


    He also expressed his appreciation to Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the government for their cooperation in governing the country.


    "During his tenure as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, His Majesty worked to fulfill his responsibilities and the trust placed in him as the head of state, serving as the pillar of stability, the source of justice and as an umbrella of the solidarity and unity of the people,” said Wan Ahmad Dahlan.



    The comptroller said that Sultan Muhammad V, as the supreme commander of the Malaysian Armed Forces, was proud of the sacrifices and devotion shown to him and the country over the years.


    “His Majesty hopes that all Malaysians will continue to stay united, tolerant and in agreement in shouldering the responsibility to safeguard the country’s sovereignty so that Malaysia will remain in peace and harmony,” he said.


    The former king was ready to return to working on the development of Kelantan together with the state government and the people, Wan Ahmad Dahlan added.


    In Malaysia's constitutional monarchy system, the election for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is held on a rotational basis every five years.


    Rumours of the abdication were circulating online earlier in the week, although Mahathir said he
    did not receive official word on the matter.


    "I didn't receive letters or any official indication about anything, so I am not going to talk about it," said Dr Mahathir at a press conference on Friday.


    Mahathir also said that "as far as (he) knew", the king had resumed duties after going on leave for two months up until Dec 31.


    According to online reports in November, the 49-year-old monarch recently married 25-year-old
    former beauty queen Oksana Voevodina, who held the title of Miss Moscow in 2015.


    The reports featured pictures of the supposed wedding, which were said to have taken place on Nov 22 in a concert hall in the upscale Moscow suburb of Barvikha.


    Mahathir said then that he did not have official confirmation on the wedding.



    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sultan-muhammad-v-abdicates-as-malaysia-s-king-11092298




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    cool, a striper and a king love story

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    Once less royal parasite is a good thing.

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    Is this a Malaysian version of Edward and Mrs Simpson? Not allowed to marry an infidel but throne be damned he'll marry the woman he wants?

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    Probably deeper than that, he could have kept her as a gik till something better came along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    Once less royal parasite is a good thing.
    Nope. As I read it he is only stepping down as "king". I see nothing that says he is renouncing his Sultan of Kelantan. position

    (as I understand it, there are 9 sultans, and every 5 years they elect one to be "King", basically in rotation)

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    Yeah, they don't mention that in the story because it makes the whole thing rather less newsworthy, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    (as I understand it, there are 9 sultans, and every 5 years they elect one to be "King", basically in rotation)
    You understand it correctly. In reality an honorary title with no real power.
    The good doctor is the King of Malaysia and has been for years. The king and the rest of the sultans simply don't count. Bunch of titled free loaders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    You understand it correctly. In reality an honorary title with no real power.
    The good doctor is the King of Malaysia and has been for years. The king and the rest of the sultans simply don't count. Bunch of titled free loaders.
    A disgusting and parasitical tradition the some of the world needs to be rid of.

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