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The legacy of Malaysia’s 16th Agong and Johor Sultan’s Ascension

Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, Malaysia’s 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, completes his five-year term on January 30th. A ceremonial farewell marked his departure from Istana Negara. Following which, the Agong headed to Kuala Lumpur International Airport for a flight to Pahang. His motorcade passed through Parliament Square and main roads. He took office on January 19, 2019, succeeding his father, Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah.

During his tenure, the Agong closely collaborated with four prime ministers. Moreover, the Agong swore in three: Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Muhyiddin Yassin, Ismail Sabri, and Anwar Ibrahim. He adeptly guided Malaysia through three pivotal political crises, ensuring prime minister selection.

His leadership shone during the COVID-19 pandemic. He declared a nationwide emergency when necessary, enforcing health protocols. The Agong bolstered economic relations with foreign nations through 25 state visits, meeting world leaders like Joko Widodo, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A significant moment was his memorable Borneo tour in September 2023, emphasizing resource allocation and Malaysians’ hospitality. The 16th Agong’s reign marked adept crisis management and highlighted the monarchy’s role in Malaysian governance.

17th Agong of Malaysia sworn in today

On January 31, 2024, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor assumed the role of Malaysia’s 17th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, with celebrations in Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur. Sultan Ibrahim’s hands-on approach in governance and commitment to combating corruption and ensuring stability make him an influential and outspoken king. His impact on Malaysia’s constitutional monarchy system is eagerly anticipated, with the potential to shape the country’s future.

Expectations for Sultan Ibrahim’s reign are high. Harmony among racial groups and unity in a polarized political landscape are priorities. His strong diplomatic ties, particularly with Singapore, may enhance foreign relations and attract investments. Sultan Ibrahim’s assertiveness aligns with the evolving role of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, shaping the monarchy’s influence in Malaysia’s political landscape.

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