This week, we witnessed the installation of the 16th Yang Di-Pertuan Agong. Malaysia practices a unique Constitutional Monarchy where the nine royal households in the country take turns to become the King for a five-year term. No other countries observe this system.
Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah who is from the Pahang royalty, is among the youngest and most vibrant King we have had in recent years. Prior to this, he had been active in sporting circles, particularly football and is known for being down-to-earth despite his pedigree.
In a series of media interviews in the run-up to his installation, the King spoke extensively and passionately about issues that are close to the people like racial unity and the economic welfare of his subjects. Despite being the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, he certainly has his fingers on the pulse of the people.
In an age where Malaysians are growing restless with politicians from both sides of the divide, we can take comfort that the new King is someone who has the peoples’ interests at heart.