Najib absent from king’s installation over seating confusion?

Guests at the installation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at Istana Negara today. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Najib Razak did not attend the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s installation ceremony today following confusion over seating arrangements.

Earlier, a Facebook user from Terengganu had claimed that Najib’s seat was changed as another individual allegedly did not want to be seated near the Pekan MP.

Abdul Rahim Hilmi Zakariya said the protocol by the palace dictates that Najib be seated four chairs away from Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Rahim said the alleged attempt to change the seating arrangements was disrespectful and reeked of arrogance.

“It is unstatesmanlike,” he wrote on Facebook.

He went on to claim that Najib was moved to another seat reserved for the “Orang Besar Pahang”.

When contacted, an aide confirmed that Najib did not attend the installation after finding out about the change in seating arrangements.

“But we will wait for Datuk Seri’s response,” he told FMT.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s Office said it was not involved in the seating arrangements.

“The seating arrangements and protocol are under the palace,” the office said.

Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah was earlier today installed as the  16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.