PEKAN (Bernama) – The Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah will be proclaimed as the sixth Sultan of Pahang, succeeding Sultan Ahmad Shah, on January 15.
Tengku Muda Pahang Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah, who made the announcement, said the proposal to appoint Tengku Abdullah as the new Sultan was made because his father Sultan Ahmad Shah is gravely ill.
He said the proposal on the succession was forwarded to the Pahang Royal Council which met in Kuala Lumpur yesterday after a discussion among the royal family members.
“In this sad situation, regretfully, my family and I have to accept the fact that my father can no longer shoulder the duties and responsibilities as a ruler.
“In view of the situation, my closest family members and I agreed to propose to the Pahang Royal Council to appoint my elder brother Tengku Abdullah to be the successor,” he told a special media conference at Istana Abu Bakar.
The press conference was also attended by Tengku Arif Temenggong Pahang Tengku Abdul Fahd Mu’adzam Sultan Ahmad Shah, Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, State Secretary Datuk Seri Salehuddin Ishak, members of the royal family and the state administration.
Tengku Abdul Rahman said that the Pahang Royal Council meeting on Friday agreed to approve an amendment to Part 1 of Article 9 A of the state constitution to give the Pahang Royal Council the power to ask the ruler to abdicate due to his grave illness, effective last Friday.
He said during the deliberations on the amendment, Sultan Abdullah, as one of the council members, had excused himself from the meeting, and after the decision was made, it was then presented to Sultan Abdullah for his consent.
“I am confident that my brother will be an efficient, active and fair Sultan, no less than my father … as my father has educated him well with all the training and guidance and Sultan Abdullah has been carrying out his duties as the Pahang Regent,” he said.
He said following the announcement, Sultan Abdullah decreed that their father, Sultan Ahmad Shah, would henceforth be referred to as Duli Yang Maha Mulia Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah.
“… this is in line with the fatherly figure of Ayahanda Sultan for his subjects.
“There is nothing closer to his heart than his subjects,” he said.
He said the proclamation ceremony for the new Sultan will be held at Istana Abu Bakar at 11am on January 15 while the installation will be held within a year.
Meanwhile, on the next heir to the throne, Tengku Abdul Rahman said it would be better for Sultan Abdullah to make the announcement himself in view of his eldest son Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Tengku Abdullah currently studying overseas.