Sultan Nazrin Shah to be acting king

Sultan Nazrin Shah will exercise the functions of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong from today till Dec 31. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, will exercise the functions of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong from today till Dec 31.

Sultan Nazrin Shah, who is the deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong, will exercise the functions in the absence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, who will be resting following treatment during that period.

Article 33 of the Federal Constitution provides for the deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong to perform the duties of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in the king’s absence.

Sultan Nazrin Shah signed an instrument of declaration on his exercising the functions of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the Istana Hinggap Perak here today.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had earlier read out the instrument of declaration.

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Chief Secretary to the Government Ismail Bakar and Chief Justice Richard Malanjum were also present.