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The Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
(literally "He Who Was Made Lord",[1] Jawi: يڠ دڤرتوان اݢوڠ‎) is the monarch and head of state of Malaysia. The office was established in 1957 when the Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia) gained independence from the United Kingdom. Malaysia
Malaysia
is a constitutional monarchy with an elected monarch as head of state. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
is one of the few elected monarchs in the world. The concept of an elected monarch is believed to be rooted in the 7th-century Kingdom of Srivijaya
Srivijaya
and Ayutthaya, where at that time the king was elected from city-states in Srivijaya. His queen consort is called Raja Permaisuri Agong. The couple are styled in English as "His Majesty" and "Her Majesty".[2] In Malaysia's constitutional monarchy, Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
has extensive powers within the constitution. The constitution specifies that the executive power of the Federal government is vested in the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
and is exercised by him on the advice of the Federal Council of Ministers. The latter is headed by the Prime Minister, appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
from among the elected members of Parliament. Among them, Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
has discretionary powers to choose who he wants as the Prime Minister and is not bound by the decision of the outgoing PM if no party has won a majority vote (Article 40). It, however, does not afford him the right and authority to dismiss the PM. He also can dismiss or withhold consent to a request for the dissolution of Parliament (Article 40).[3] He may discontinue or dissolve Parliament (Article 55) but he can only dissolve Parliament at the request of the PM (Article 43). He can reject any new laws or amendments to existing laws but if he still withholds permission, it will automatically become law after 30 days from the initial submission to him (Article 66).[4] The 15th and current Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
is Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan. His reign began on 13 December 2016, after his election on 14 October 2016 at the 243rd (special) Conference of Rulers.[5] The ceremonial installation of the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
was held on 24 April 2017.[6]

Tuanku Abdul Rahman, The first Yang di-Pertuan Agong

Contents

1 Title 2 History 3 List of Yang di-Pertuan Agong 4 Election

4.1 Qualifications 4.2 Election proceedings 4.3 Order of seniority of states

5 Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong

5.1 List of Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong

6 Roles

6.1 Residences 6.2 Appointments

6.2.1 The Council of Ministers (Cabinet) 6.2.2 Commissions and committees 6.2.3 Judges 6.2.4 Senators 6.2.5 State governors

6.3 Head of Islam 6.4 Duties as Commander-in-Chief 6.5 King's Birthday

6.5.1 King's Birthday Honours List Ceremony and Birthday High Tea 6.5.2 Trooping the Colour 6.5.3 Details of the Trooping

6.6 Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Scholarship

7 Immunity 8 Royal Standards 9 Royal style 10 List of living former Yang di Pertuan Agong 11 See also 12 References 13 Further reading 14 External links

Title[edit] The full title in Malay is Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong. A literal English translation for "Yang di-Pertuan Agong" is "He who was made Supreme Lord". Common English terms used in the media and by the general public include "King", "Supreme King", "Paramount Ruler", "Head of State", "Head of the Federation", and "Head of State of the Federation". In Malaysian passports before 2010, the title "The Supreme Head of Malaysia" was used in the English version of the passport note. Since the issuance of ICAO-compliant e-passports in 2010, the untranslated title "His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
of Malaysia" is used. History[edit]

Replica of the King's Tengkolok Diraja (Royal Headress), a part of the Regalia of Malaysia. It is a songket made of black fabric embroidered in gold threads, wrapped in the Dendam Tak Sudah style originating from Negeri Sembilan.

In August 1957, having rejected the suggested title of Yang di-Pertuan Besar in favour of Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Conference of Rulers elected the first occupant of the throne. By seniority, the 84-year-old major general Ibrahim of Johor, Sultan of Johor
Sultan of Johor
since 1895, was first in line, but he declined due to old age. The next in line, Abu Bakar of Pahang, Sultan of Pahang
Pahang
since 1932, was rejected five times by his fellow electors, and did not secure the necessary votes. Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan, having been elected to his state throne (Yamtuan Besar) in 1933, was elected by eight votes to one. The first Conference of Rulers
Conference of Rulers
comprised:

The Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Abu Bakar Riayatuddin Al-Muadzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdullah Al-Mutassim Billah Shah The Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah Al-Haj ibni Almarhum Sultan Alauddin Sulaiman Shah The Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Badlishah ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah The Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Ibrahim Petra ibni Almarhum Sultan Muhammad IV The Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail The Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Zainal Abidin III The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Yusuf Izzudin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Jalil Nasruddin Shah The Crown Prince of Johor, Tunku Ismail ibni Sultan Ibrahim

List of Yang di-Pertuan Agong[edit] The following Rulers have served as Yang di-Pertuan Agong:

№ Name State Reign Birth Death

1 Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan  Negeri Sembilan 31 August 1957 – 1 April 1960 24 August 1895 1 April 1960 (aged 64)

2 Hisamuddin of Selangor  Selangor 14 April 1960 – 1 September 1960 13 May 1898 1 September 1960 (aged 62)

3 Putra of Perlis  Perlis 21 September 1960 – 20 September 1965 25 November 1920 16 April 2000 (aged 79)

4 Ismail Nasiruddin of Terengganu  Terengganu 21 September 1965 – 20 September 1970 24 January 1907 20 September 1979 (aged 72)

5 Abdul Halim of Kedah
Kedah
1st Reign  Kedah 21 September 1970  – 20 September 1975 28 November 1927 11 September 2017 (aged 89)

6 Yahya Petra of Kelantan  Kelantan 21 September 1975 – 29 March 1979 10 December 1917 29 March 1979 (aged 61)

7 Ahmad Shah of Pahang  Pahang 26 April 1979 – 25 April 1984 (1930-10-24) 24 October 1930 (age 87)

8 Iskandar of Johor  Johor 26 April 1984 – 25 April 1989 8 April 1932 22 January 2010 (aged 77)

9 Azlan Shah of Perak  Perak 26 April 1989 – 25 April 1994 19 April 1928 28 May 2014 (aged 86)

10 Ja'afar of Negeri Sembilan  Negeri Sembilan 26 April 1994 – 25 April 1999 19 July 1922 27 December 2008 (aged 86)

11 Salahuddin of Selangor  Selangor 26 April 1999 – 21 November 2001 8 March 1926 21 November 2001 (aged 75)

12 Sirajuddin of Perlis  Perlis 13 December 2001 – 12 December 2006 (1943-05-17) 17 May 1943 (age 74)

13 Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu  Terengganu 13 December 2006 – 12 December 2011 (1962-01-22) 22 January 1962 (age 56)

14 Abdul Halim of Kedah
Kedah
2nd Reign  Kedah 13 December 2011 – 12 December 2016 28 November 1927 11 September 2017 (aged 89)

15 Muhammad V of Kelantan  Kelantan 13 December 2016 – present (1969-10-06) 6 October 1969 (age 48)

Election[edit] The Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
is formally elected to a five-year term by and from the nine rulers of the Malay states (nine of the thirteen states of Malaysia
Malaysia
that have hereditary royal rulers), who form the Conference of Rulers
Conference of Rulers
(Majlis Raja-raja). After a ruler had served as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, he may not stand for election until all rulers of the other states have also stood for election. In the event of a vacancy of the office (by death, resignation, or deposition by a majority vote of the rulers), the Conference of Rulers elects a new Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
as if the previous term had expired. The new Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
is elected for a full five-year term. After his term expires, the Conference holds a new election, in which the incumbent would not be re-elected. The position de facto rotates among the nine Rulers. The selection of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
initially followed an order based on the seniority (calculated by length of reign) of each Ruler in 1957 at the Federation of Malaya's independence from the United Kingdom. The Conference of Rulers, which has the power to disqualify a candidate, has sometimes varied the original seniority order, as noted above. Minors are automatically disqualified from office. The Conference of Rulers
Conference of Rulers
has met regularly since 1985. The four governors (Yang di-Pertua Negeri), or heads of states without hereditary rulers, also attend the Conference, but only Rulers are allowed to vote and stand for election as Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Qualifications[edit]

Only a Ruler may be elected. Only the Rulers may vote.

The Constitution provides that a Ruler is not eligible for election as Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
if:

The Ruler is a minor. The Ruler has notified the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal that he does not wish to be elected. The Conference of Rulers
Conference of Rulers
by a secret ballot resolves that the Ruler is unsuitable by reason of infirmity of mind or body, or for any other cause, to exercise the functions of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The resolution requires at least five members of the Conference to vote in favour of it.

Election proceedings[edit]

Letter of Appointment of His Majesty, the XIII Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Courtesy of the office of the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal, Conference of the Rulers of Malaysia.

Oath of Office of His Majesty, the XIII Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Courtesy of the office of the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal, Conference of the Rulers of Malaysia.

The election is carried out by a secret ballot. The ballot papers used are not numbered, but marked with the same pen and ink, and are inserted into a ballot box. Only the Rulers participate in the election. A Ruler may appoint another Ruler as his proxy to vote on his behalf if he is unable to attend the Election Meeting. During the election process, the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal distributes the ballot with only one candidate. Each Ruler is requested to indicate whether the candidate is suitable or not to be elected as Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The most junior Ruler, who is not listed as nominee for the office of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, or the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
is appointed to count the ballot papers together with the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal. The nominee must have obtained five votes before the Ruler presiding over the Election Meeting offers him the office of Yang di-Pertuan Agong. If the successful nominee declines the offer or the nominated Ruler fails to secure the required majority votes, the voting process is repeated with the nomination of the second most senior Ruler based on the list of Seniority of States. Rulers are named, and stand for election in turn. The process is completed only after a Ruler has accepted the offer of the office of Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The Conference declares the Ruler as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
to hold office for a term of five years. The ballot papers are destroyed in the presence of the Rulers as soon as the result of the election is announced. On taking office as Yang di-Pertuan Agong, he appoints a regent for the duration of his five-year term for the state which he rules. Usually, but not always, the regent is a close relative. The regent acts as head of state in that state for every purpose except for the role of head of Islam, which is retained by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. See also: Installation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Installation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
for details of the installation ceremony Order of seniority of states[edit] Since the first cycle of nine Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
(1957–1994), the order among the eligible state rulers has followed the order established by that cycle, namely:

the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan the Sultan of Selangor the Raja of Perlis the Sultan of Terengganu the Sultan of Kedah the Sultan of Kelantan the Sultan of Pahang the Sultan of Johor the Sultan of Perak

This cycle was originally established based on seniority. However, the current Rulers are named (and stand as a candidate) according to the cycle, irrespective of whether they are currently the most senior. Since independence from British Colonial Rule, this has been the order of elected Yang di-Pertuan Agong. However, the order is not a precedent and the election to the position of Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
is at the pleasure of the Conference of Rulers. As an elective monarchy, there is no line of succession to the throne of Malaysia. Four of the states of Malaysia
Malaysia
currently have no hereditary royal rulers. These are Penang
Penang
and Malacca
Malacca
in Peninsular Malaysia
Malaysia
and Sabah and Sarawak
Sarawak
on the island of Borneo in East Malaysia. Sarawak previously had a hereditary ruler until it became a Crown Colony of the British Empire in 1946. These four states, along with Malaysia's three federal territories, never supply the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong[edit] The Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
(Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong) is elected by the same process immediately after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The office is usually (but not always) held by the ruler next in line after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong exercises the functions of the head of state during the Yang di-Pertuan Agong's absence, or inability to exercise his functions due to illness or infirmity (similar to a regent in other countries). The Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
does not automatically succeed as Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
when a vacancy occurs in that office. The Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
acts as head of state before the election of the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
and Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The current Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
is Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah of Perak
Perak
since 13 December 2016.[5] List of Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong[edit] The following Rulers have served as Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong:[7]

No Name State In office Birth Death

1 Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah*  Selangor 31 August 1957 – 1 April 1960 13 May 1898 1 September 1960 (aged 62)

2 Raja Syed Putra*  Perlis 14 April 1960 – 1 September 1960 25 November 1920 16 April 2000 (aged 79)

3 Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah*  Terengganu 21 September 1960 – 20 September 1965 24 January 1907 20 September 1979 (aged 72)

4 Sultan Abdul Halim
Sultan Abdul Halim
Muadzam Shah*  Kedah 21 September 1965  – 20 September 1970 28 November 1927 11 September 2017 (aged 89)

5 Sultan Yahya Petra*  Kelantan 21 September 1970 – 20 September 1975 10 December 1917 29 March 1979 (aged 61)

6 Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah
Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah
Al-Mustain Billah*  Pahang 21 September 1975 – 29 March 1979 (1930-10-24) 24 October 1930 (age 87)

7 Tuanku Ja'afar  Negeri Sembilan 26 April 1979 – 25 April 1984 19 July 1922 27 December 2008 (aged 86)

8 Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah*  Perak 26 April 1984 – 25 April 1989 19 April 1928 28 May 2014 (aged 86)

9 Tuanku Ja'afar*  Negeri Sembilan 26 April 1989 – 25 April 1994 19 July 1922 27 December 2008 (aged 86)

10 Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah*  Selangor 26 April 1994 – 25 April 1999 8 March 1926 21 November 2001 (aged 74)

11 Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin*  Terengganu 26 April 1999 – 12 December 2006 (1962-01-22) 22 January 1962 (age 56)

12 Sultan Abdul Halim
Sultan Abdul Halim
Muadzam Shah*  Kedah 13 December 2006 – 12 December 2011 28 November 1927 11 September 2017 (aged 89)

13 Sultan Muhammad V*  Kelantan 13 December 2011 – 12 December 2016 (1969-10-06) 6 October 1969 (age 48)

14 Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah  Perak 13 December 2016 – present (1956-11-27) 27 November 1956 (age 61)

* Denotes those who became the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong, immediately following the end of their tenure as Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong Roles[edit] The Yang di-Pertuan Agong's role is that of a constitutional monarch. The Federal Constitution and Parliamentary Acts made in accordance with it define the extent of his powers as the Federal Head of State. The executive power of the federal government is vested in him. The monarch's powers are basically divided into two broad categories:

the powers that he exercises on the advice of the Prime Minister, a Minister, the Cabinet, the Conference of Rulers, or some other officer or institution; and the powers that he exercises at his discretion (without the consent of any other authority).

The discretionary powers of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
pertain chiefly to appointing the Prime Minister, withholding consent to dissolve Parliament, and calling meetings with the Conference of Rulers "concerned solely with the privileges, position, honours and dignities of Their Royal Highnesses." Under the Westminster System, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is expected to appoint a Prime Minister who will command the confidence of a majority of the elected lower house of Parliament, the Dewan Rakyat. Should the Prime Minister be or become unacceptable, he may be forced out by a vote of no confidence, which would require the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
to dissolve Parliament on advice of the Prime Minister, or refuse to dissolve Parliament and appoint someone else as Prime Minister. Conventionally, the Prime Minister is the head of the party with a majority in Parliament. Since independence in 1957, this has been the Barisan Nasional
Barisan Nasional
(National Front, formerly known as the Alliance). The Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
renews the appointment of a Prime Minister after every general election until the minister decides to step down. Whenever the Prime Minister chooses to dissolve Parliament, he calls for a general election. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
may choose to refuse a Prime Minister's request to dissolve Parliament, as one of his discretionary powers. Residences[edit]

Istana Negara, the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong

The compound of the Istana Negara at Jalan Istana, official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
from 1957 to 2011. Since 2011, the reigning Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
resides in the larger Istana Negara at Jalan Duta.

The official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
is Istana Negara (the State Palace) located in Jalan Duta in the federal capital Kuala Lumpur. It was completed in 2011. The old Istana Negara will be turned into a royal museum. Other residences include the royal retreat, Istana Melawati
Istana Melawati
(Melawati Palace) in the federal administrative capital Putrajaya. It is also the venue of meetings of the Conference of Rulers (Malay: Majlis Raja-raja), which elects the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Appointments[edit] The Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
appoints numerous high-ranking office holders in the Federation under the terms of the Constitution and various Acts passed by Parliament. The constitution established procedures for such appointments. The Council of Ministers (Cabinet)[edit]

Prime Minister as the Chairman of the Cabinet, at his discretion from among the elected members of the House of Representatives who commands the support of the Dewan Rakyat
Dewan Rakyat
– usually the party or coalition leader. Deputy Prime Minister, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, while acting on the advice of the Prime Minister. Chief Secretary to the Government as the Secretary of the Cabinet, while acting on the advice of the Prime Minister.

Commissions and committees[edit]

The Election Commission, on the advice of the Conference of Rulers. The Judicial and Legal Service Commission, after consultation with the Chief Justice The Malaysian Public Service Commission
The Malaysian Public Service Commission
at his discretion, after considering the advice of the Prime Minister and after consultation with the Conference of Rulers.

Judges[edit]

The Chief Justice of Malaysia, on the advice of the Prime Minister and the Conference of Rulers. The Chief Judge of Malaya, on the advice of the Prime Minister and the Conference of Rulers. The Chief Judge of Sabah
Sabah
and Sarawak, on the advice of the Prime Minister and the Conference of Rulers.

Senators[edit] The Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
appoints 44 members of the Dewan Negara, the Malaysian Senate. State governors[edit] The Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
appoints the Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governors), of the states of Penang, Malacca, Sabah
Sabah
and Sarawak, at his discretion, after considering the advice of the state's Chief Minister. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
also appoints the Mayor and City Council of Kuala Lumpur, which is a Federal Territory. Head of Islam[edit] In addition, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
is the Head of Islam
Islam
in the four states ruled by appointed Governors, in the three Federal Territories, as well as in his own state. In this role, he is advised by the State Islamic Affairs Council in each of the States. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
appoints the chairman and members of each council. He also appoints the State Mufti
Mufti
in each of these states. There is a single Islamic Affairs Council with jurisdiction for the three Federal Territories. This council is also appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Duties as Commander-in-Chief[edit] Main article: Commander-in-Chief
Commander-in-Chief
of the Malaysian Armed Forces In accordance with Article 41 of the Federal Constitution, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is Commander-in-Chief
Commander-in-Chief
of the Federation's Armed Forces. As such, he is the highest-ranking officer in the military chain of command. As the Supreme Commander of the Malaysian Armed Forces, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong appoints the Chief of Defence Forces, on the advice of the Armed Forces Council. He also appoints the service heads of each of the three branches of the military forces. King's Birthday[edit] The first Saturday of June yearly is mandated by law as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong's official birthday. It is marked with various activities all over the nation and the celebrations in Kuala Lumpur are the highlights of the national festivities, with the celebrations of it from 2013 onward now lasting a whole week and two weekends. King's Birthday Honours List Ceremony and Birthday High Tea[edit] The Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
serves as the venue for the annual King's Birthday Honours List and Address to the Nation ceremony attended by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
and the Raja Permaisuri Agong, members of the Federal Government and Parliament, the state diplomatic corps, honoured guests and the Honours List members for the year, in the order of precedence of state medals. The event honours the year's national achievers and heroes with the awarding of state orders, medals and decorations and their accompanying titles. The King addresses the whole nation via radio and television on this day from the Throne Room of the palace complex. It is followed later by the traditional holiday high tea gathering at the palace grounds in the afternoon. Trooping the Colour[edit] Trooping the Colour in Malaysia, although inherited from the British, has transformed into a grander and more Malaysian celebration on the first Saturday of June annually live on Kuala Lumpur's Independence Square, which is both open to invited guests and the general public. As the Supreme Commander of the Malaysian Armed Forces, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong takes the salute on this day together with the commanders of the three services of the Malaysian Armed Forces, the Joint Forces Command, Malaysia
Malaysia
and the members of the Malaysian Armed Forces Council, of which he is the chairman, plus military personnel and veterans in attendance. He wears the No.1 dress uniform on that day, and as each of the 8 state monarchs are Colonel-in-Chief of selected Malaysian Army
Malaysian Army
regiments as well as of the Royal Malaysian Air Force and the Sultan of Selangor
Selangor
serves as Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy, he wears that regiment's coloured sash as part of his ceremonial uniform (for the Army), or the RMAF blue or RMN white no.1 dress uniform. The 2013 edition was held on the 2nd Saturday of June for the first time in its history, the 2016 parade was held on the 4th Friday of July (22 July) for the first time in Putrajaya, the national seat of government. Several features distinguish the Malaysian ceremony from other similar ones:

The Malaysian Royal Armoured Corps's Mounted Ceremonial Squadron plus members of the Royal Malaysian Police
Royal Malaysian Police
and selected members of the Royal Military Police Corps of the Malaysian Army
Malaysian Army
provide the Sovereign's Escort for the ceremony. The MCS's fanfare trumpeters sound a fanfare upon the Sovereign's arrival in the Merdeka Square Saluting Base while the MCS itself also has a motorised mounted escort troop and a lancers guard troop ready to accompany them on the way. Instead of being just purely an infantry activity the entire Malaysian Armed Forces go out in full participation in this parade, as seen in the 4 Guard Companies and the National Defence University Band or the Armed Forces Central Band participating in the ceremonial march past. An open top Land Rover is used in the inspection segment of the parade. The Saluting Base in Independence Square was built to be longer in order for more invited guests and the public to attend the ceremony and take the salute. All the commands and salutes are said in Malay, like Hormat DiRaja (Royal Salute), Hormat Perdana (Prime Minister's Salute), Hormat Sedia (General Salute) and Hormat Timbalan (Deputy Prime Minister's Salute). The roles of Field Officer, Brigade Majors (the parade has two instead of 1, which is another unique feature), Adjutant and Ensigns are occupied by select officers of the Armed Forces, either Army, Navy or Air Force officers, with Armed Forces NCOs doing the jobs of Regimental Sergeants Major and Colour Sergeants. However the Deputy Brigade Major (coming from either service) is also the concurrent co-commander of the first parade unit, that of the Joint Escort for/to the Colours, which has 5 Regimental Sergeants Major with the rank of Warrant Officer 2 or Warrant Officer 1 while the three other units have 3 officers and 2 Warrant Officers each All Warrant Officers in this parade, like their British counterparts, carry pace sticks but the WOs of No.1 Guard Company (Composite) throw them to the Orderlies during the Trooping segment, another unique feature State Flypast
Flypast
by 5 military helicopters of the Flag of Malaysia, Flag of the Malaysian Armed Forces, and Flags of the Malaysian Army, Royal Malaysian Navy and Royal Malaysian Air Force
Royal Malaysian Air Force
during the performances of Negaraku, the National Anthem during the ceremony 21-gun salutes are performed during the National Anthem and during the inspection proper by a select battery from the Royal Artillery Regiment, Malaysian Army Negaraku
Negaraku
in its abbreviated form is also performed during the colours obtainment segment by the Joint Escort for the Colors, which becomes the Escort to the Colours after the Colours Party join the Escort In the Islamic traditions of the Armed Forces, prayers are done after the marchpast ends.

All three branches of the Armed Forces – the Malaysian Army (represented by the Royal Malay Regiment, the Royal Armoured Corps and others), the Royal Malaysian Navy, and the Royal Malaysian Air Force – participate in the Trooping, in their No. 1 uniforms. The band in attendance is either the Central Band of the Armed Forces or the Band of the National Defence University. The Colours Party and the Escort for (to) the Colours also reflect the three participant Armed Forces branches. The Colours Party is composed of Ensigns, Colour Sergeants and assistant soldiers making up three Colours Parties from the Army, and there is also a single Colour Party each from the Navy and the Air Force. The Escort for (to) the Colours is a composite company, comprising an Army platoon and a squad each from the Navy and Air Force ready to receive their respective colours during the ceremony. The Parade Field Officer, Brigade Major and Adjutant are also from all the Armed Forces branches, and so too are the Regimental Sergeants-Major and Colour Sergeants. RTM broadcasts this unique ceremony live, with the telecast starting at 8:50 in the morning with a nationwide simulcast. Details of the Trooping[edit]

Parade forms up near the National Flagpole at Merdeka Square March in of the bands, linemen and Markers March in of the parade, the Brigade Major and Adjutant Arrival of the Field Officer Hand over of command to the FO Uncasing of the Royal Colours Parade stands at ease in preparation Salutes

Commander's Salute General Salute Ministerial Salute Deputy Prime Minister's Salute Prime Minister's Salute

Arrival of the Sovereigns and first Royal Salute with 21-gun salute
21-gun salute
by the Royal Artillery Regiment, Malaysian Army
Malaysian Army
and first State Flypast by helicopters of the Royal Malaysian Air Force
Royal Malaysian Air Force
carrying the Flag of Malaysia, the Armed Forces Flag and the flags of the Army, Navy and Air Force Parade Inspection: Menjunjung Duli is played during the inspection by the military band and the 21 gun salute continues on till the Massed Bands stop playing the slow march as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong inspects the line of troops on the field Trooping and Marchpast of the military band on the parade field, in both slow and quick time, led by the Drum Major and the Directors of Music of the Central Band of the Armed Forces

At the advice of the FO, the Drum Major orders the commencement of the trooping of the Massed Bands and the slow march, and as the bands approach the Sovereigns the Drum Major and the Directors of Music salute them, followed by another salute to the Royal Colours before it begins counter-marching and making the transition to quick time During the quick march, a lone drummer from the Massed Bands marches away and goes into the No.1 Guard, and when the music stops he beats the Drummer's Call

Trooping Proper

Joint Escort for the Colours prepares for the march after the Drummer's Call ends and when the drummer marches back to the military band. All the SMs' pace sticks are removed using a single throw (another unique feature of the ceremony) and are then given to the orderlies so that they can draw and use their swords. The FO then tells the Joint Escort to shoulder arms and the rest to stand at ease. Joint Escort marches in quick time to the Joint Colours Party to receive the Colours, as ordered by its company commander. Handover of the Royal Colours to the RSMs Slow March of the Colours Party and the RSMs happens and then the Ensigns, after saluting and returning their swords, receive their Royal Colours from the RSMs. The FO then orders the parade at attention and shoulder arms. Second performance of the National Anthem (in abbreviated form) and while the anthem is played, the Joint Escort and the Colours Party present arms as ordered and 4 NCO's standing at the corners of the Escort at the same time port their arms turning in a 45° angle as symbolic maximum security for the Colours to be received, and after the music ends they shoulder arms Joint Escort becomes the Joint Escort to the Colours, and the Colours Party join the company, thus merging them with the Joint Escort now that the Colours are in their full possession. The Joint Escort begins its slow march for the Trooping, marching towards No.4 Guard, with the band joining them The FO commands the parade to present arms when the Joint Escort begins its trooping Trooping of the Joint Escort in slow time, accompanied by the Central Band of the Armed Forces After the Colours have been trooped in slow time, the Joint Escort halts in place, turns about, and then presents arms as ordered. After this, the parade is told to shoulder arms by the FO, signalling the end of the Trooping proper itself.

Marchpast

The FO tells the parade officers, the Colours and WOs to take post The parade executes a right form after which, to the tune of the military bands, it does an about turn to the right while forming divisions The FO, with the parade now in position, commands the slow march. Slow March Past: The FO leads the units in the slow time march. By now, all units do the complex Left Form manoeuvre upon reaching the corners of the parade field. The parade salutes with swords and eyes right, and for No.1 Guard the Ensigns, by then at the front, do the "flourish" (on the eyes right) and "recover" (on the eyes front) for the Royal Colours in the presence of Their Majesties and the high command, which salute them and the entire parade. Neutral marches start and end the segment. Quick March Past: This time, the parade salutes on the eyes right only, no colours are lowered since there are now at the rear and Malaysian patriotic marches and other neutral marches commence and end the segment. When the 3 services and all four companies are recognised and do eyes in front of the Sovereigns and the officers present their eyes right salutes their respective service march (Malaysian Army: Gagah Setia, Royal Malaysian Navy: Samudera Raya, Royal Malaysian Air Force: Perwira di Angkasa) or the Malaysian Armed Forces
Malaysian Armed Forces
March is played by the Central Band After the marchpast and the companies have halted, the FO orders yet another march to divisions at the front with the tune from the bands (the halts are followed by applauses by the audience), and the officers and Colours are told to take posts again afterwards followed by another dressing

Parade Finale

The FO orders the parade to advance in review order and as it halts he orders the parade to order and change arms The FO orders the parade to render three cheers of Daulat Tuanku (Long Live The King) to the His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, who acknowledges their shouts As the Master of Ceremonies announces the prayer, drum rolls signal the parade to stand in prayer as a representative of the Armed Forces Religious Corps leads the parade and the audience in prayer, with drum rolls ending the segment and the parade told to change arms again Final Royal Salute, Flypast
Flypast
and departure of the Sovereigns Casing of the Royal Colours March off of the formation, band and line men

Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Scholarship[edit] In November 2006, the 10th Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
awarded, for the first time, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Scholarship to ten outstanding students to pursue postgraduate studies at high-ranking world universities. The award of scholarships was held at the Istana Negara in conjunction with the Independence Day celebrations and the Conference of Rulers.[8] Immunity[edit] In 1993, amendments to the Malaysian constitution removed the legal immunity of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
and the rulers in their personal capacity, due to public outrage over their behaviour.[9] A Special Court (Makhamah Khas Raja-raja) is established where civil and criminal proceedings can be made against a ruler with the approval of the Attorney General. The right to sue a ruler is limited to Malaysian citizens following a precedent. The Special
Special
Court also have jurisdiction where a ruler initiates legal actions against any party. When a ruler is charged with an offence in the Special
Special
Court, he is required to stop exercising the functions of a ruler. In the event of a ruler being sentenced to imprisonment for more than one day, he will cease to be a ruler unless a free pardon is granted.[10] The Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
or any ruler cannot pardon himself or his immediate family. In such case, they may request clemency from the Conference of Rulers. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
cannot be sued in court for his actions while carrying out his official duties. Any claims can be made against the federal government. Royal Standards[edit] The Royal Standard of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
is royal yellow with the Coat of arms of Malaysia
Coat of arms of Malaysia
in the centre, surrounded by a rice paddy wreath. The same goes for the Royal Standards of the Raja Permaisuri Agong and the Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong, but the designs are different. The Raja Permaisuri Agong's standard is green in colour, with the coat of arms at the centre surrounded by the paddy wreath. The Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong's standard is bicolored, yellow at the top and light blue at the bottom, with the coat of arms at the centre (without the paddy) and below that is the office bearer's title. Royal style[edit]

Styles of The Yang di-Pertuan Agong

Reference style His Majesty

Spoken style Your Majesty

Alternative style Tuanku

Formal address to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
is taken seriously in Malaysia. There are two ways of addressing the Yang di-Pertuan Agong:

Malay: Tuanku (literally 'My Lord') English: Your Majesty

List of living former Yang di Pertuan Agong[edit]

Name State Term of office Date of birth Remarks

Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah  Pahang 1979-1984 24 October 1930 (age 87) the 7th Yang di Pertuan Agong Sultan of  Pahang

Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin  Perlis 2001-2006 17 May 1943 (age 74) the 12th Yang di Pertuan Agong Raja (King) of  Perlis

Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin  Terengganu 2006-2011 22 January 1962 (age 56) the 13th Yang di Pertuan Agong Sultan of  Terengganu

The most recently deceased former Yang di Pertuan Agong was Sultan Abdul Halim (28 November 1927-11 September 2017, aged 89), the 5th (1970-1975) and 14th (2011-2016) Yang di Pertuan Agong and Sultan of Kedah See also[edit]

Monarchy
Monarchy
portal Malaysia
Malaysia
portal

Regalia of Malaysia Yang di-Pertuan Negara Malay titles Elective monarchy Raja Permaisuri Agong Official state car

References[edit]

^ " Malaysia
Malaysia
king: Sultan Muhammad V sworn in". BBC. 13 December 2016.  ^ Royal Ark ^ Powers of the king. ^ Constitutional Crisis, Crisis of 1983 ^ a b " Kelantan
Kelantan
Sultan will be new King". The Star. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.  ^ "April 24 declared public holiday to celebrate King's installation". The Star. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017.  ^ Senarai Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong ^ "10 Students Awarded The Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Scholarship 2006", Bernama, accessed 11 August 2009 ^ "Malaysian democrats pin their hopes on the country's royals". The Economist. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.  ^ "Test case on right to sue Sultans"[permanent dead link] (20 August 2008), The Star, accessed 29 November 2011

Further reading[edit]

Visu Sinnadurai, "His Majesty Sultan Azlan Shah: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong IX Malaysia", The Supreme Court Journal, Kuala Lumpur, ISSN 0128-066X. ( Special
Special
issue to commemorate the installation of His Majesty Sultan Azlan Shah as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
IX Malaysia, with a lengthy description of the functions of the office)

External links[edit]

Wikisource
Wikisource
has original text related to this article: Constitution of Malaysia: Part IV – The Federation – Chapter 1 – The Supreme Head

Malaysian Parliament's Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
page. Malaysia
Malaysia
National Library's Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
page. WorldStatesmen

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