KUALA LUMPUR: The latest king of Malaysia ascended to the throne on Thursday (January 31st), marking the beginning of a five-year term.
Pahang's sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was elected last week as a new Malay king by members of the royal families following the unexpected abdication of a previous monarch.
Sultan Abdullah arrived at a state meeting in Parliament Square to meet with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
The Central Band of the Royal Malay Regiment played a national anthem. King's King Standard was subsequently lifted and a 21-gun salute was fired.
Sultan Abdullah then inspected the chief guard-honor of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment.
Later he stepped over to Istana Negara to swear an oath.
At the same ceremony, sultan Perak, sultan Nazrin Shah, took the oath as a representative of the king.
Earlier at midnight, the official king's flag was taken to the palace in Kuala Lumpur.
Sultan Abdullah, 59, is a follower of Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan, who, after the throne, set out on the throne for two years, the first in the history of the country.
The former has a reputation for being well-known in state affairs, and is known as a humble and merciful figure.
He was appointed crown prince in July 1976, when he was only 16 years old, and for the first time assumed his father's duties when he was 20 years old when the former sultan Ahmad Shah served as Malaysian king from 1979 to 1984.
He also studied foreign affairs and diplomacy at Queen Elizabeth College at Oxford University and was also trained at the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy.
In the Malaysian constitutional monarchical system, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong elections are held every five years.
The Congressional Conference must meet to elect a new king no later than four weeks after the position of Yang di-Pertuan Agong is released.