Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah of Malaysia's central Pahang state was officially installed as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in a traditional Malay ceremony at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
«[The] Yang di-Pertuan Agong is very important in the system of nationhood in Malaysia which practices parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy and that the... Еще institution is not a mere symbol,» King Sultan Abdullah said in his speech.
«The cycle of the legacy of poverty should be addressed immediately because it can affect the agenda of building a developed nation,» he added, while commending the Malaysian government's plans to fight poverty in the southeast Asian nation.
The ceremony took place in the throne room of Malaysia's national palace in Kuala Lumpur and was attended by 700 guests, including the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah.
Abdullah's predecessor Muhammad V resigned suddenly in January, after just two years on throne, after marrying a 25 year-old Russian beauty queen, who he has subsequently divorced.
Malaysia has a unique elective monarchy structure where the nine members of the Conference of Rulers, who are the heads of the nine out of 13 Malay states with hereditary rulers, elect a king, or Agong, from among themselves to serve a five year term in office.