PEKAN, Jan 12 – Pahang crown prince Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah will be proclaimed as the new state sultan on Jan 15.
This was confirmed in an announcement by Tengku Muda Pahang Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah at the Istana Abu Bakar in Pekan.
Earlier, Malaysiakini reported multiple sources indicating that Tengku Abdullah would be made the new Pahang ruler next week.
it is also learned that Pahang Menteri Besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail will be pulled away from the Cameron Highlands by-election campaign in the middle of next week.
He is expected in Pekan, the seat of power for the Pahang royal household.
A source within the Pahang government said the proclamation ceremony will take place on Jan 15 in the town.
This was also corroborated by a senior civil servant close with the palace.
“My information from the palace is that Tengku Abdullah will be proclaimed as the Pahang Sultan… so it is likely he will become the next Yang Di-Pertuan Agong,” said the source.
A third source from Pahang BN, who is also close to the state palace, said he too has been informed that Tengku Abdullah will be proclaimed as the new Pahang sultan, but did not have a timeline.
the talk came a day after Tengku Abdullah chaired a special meeting by the Pahang Royal Council, along with all its royal chieftains.
Sultan Ahmad Shah is in line to become the next Agong following the resignation of Kelantan ruler Sultan Muhammad V.
If his health prevents him from taking the throne, then the position will fall to Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, who is next in line under the rotational constitutional monarchy system.
Sultan Ahmad Shah abdicating and allowing his son Tengku Abdullah to take his place would allow the latter to then take on the position of Agong.