PETALING JAYA: Sultan Muhammad V has stepped down as the Agong effective immediately, ending days of speculation on social media surrounding the Kelantan ruler.
His resignation was announced by Istana Negara in a statement.
“The Palace would like to inform that the Seri Paduka Baginda Tuanku has resigned as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong effective Jan 6 in accordance to Article 32(3) of the Federal Constitution,” said the statement signed by Comptroller of the Royal Household Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz.
He said Sultan Muhammad V had informed the Malay rulers of his decision to step down through a letter issued to the Conference of Rulers.
Wan Ahmad Dahlan said the Sultan also thanked the government for their cooperation in administering the country.
“As the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Majesty is very proud with the sacrifices and loyalty shown to His Majesty and the country all this while,” the statement added.
He said the Sultan hoped Malaysians would remain united and live in harmony.
It was earlier reported that the Malay rulers met in an unscheduled meeting last week, just as Sultan Muhammad V was ending a two-month leave. Perak’s Sultan Nazrin Shah took over as the acting Agong during his absence.
Sultan Muhammad V was elected by the Conference of Rulers on Oct 14, 2016 to become the 15th Agong. His reign began two months later, taking over from Kedah’s Sultan Abdul Halim Shah.