KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 30 (GCCurrentAffairs) Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was formally installed as Malaysia’s new king on Tuesday, as part of a grand ceremony marking the event held at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur.
In his speech televised nationwide, Abdullah pledged to prioritize the welfare of the people and called for unity among the various groups in the multi-racial and multi-religious country.
“I will put the people first, respect the old and honor the young. I will express all this with great humility,” he said. “I hope that efforts to eradicate poverty are also given priority. The cycle of the legacy of poverty should be addressed immediately because it can affect the agenda of building a developed nation.”
Earlier in the day, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad delivered the address of congratulations and pledge of loyalty on behalf of the people at the installation of Abdullah.
Mahathir added that his government would continue to push ahead with economic programs and policies designed to make Malaysia a prosperous, dignified and independent nation guided by the concept of shared prosperity.
Abdullah replaces his predecessor Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan state who resigned on Jan. 6, the first-ever time a reigning king had abdicated the throne since the country’s independence in 1957.
Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, with nine sultans or rulers, who head their respective state and act as the religious leader, taking turns to serve as King for a five-year term.