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Historic installation for the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong
KUALA LUMPUR -- The Sultan of Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, creates history on being installed the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for the second time tomorrow.
It has never happened in the country's history that a Sultan or a King was reappointed as the Head of State ever since the rotation system among the nine Sultans or King began when Malaysia achieved its independence in 1957.
Tuanku Abdul Halim was installed as the Fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 1970 at the age of 42, and now, four decades later, he will be installed again at the age of 84, as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Adding to the uniqueness of the installation ceremony this time around is Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. When Tuanku Abdul Halim was installed as the Fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the prime minister at that time was Najib's father, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, the Second Prime Minister of Malaysia.
The installation ceremony tomorrow will also be a historic occasion as this will be the first such ceremony to be held at the new Istana Negara (National Palace) in Jalan Duta.
The ceremony will proceed with the entrance of the Second Group of Bearers and Quran Entrustment, with Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja Datuk Awang Kechik Abdul Rahman bearing a copy of the Al-Quran, while the Keris Panjang Diraja as well as the Proclamation of Enthronement and Installation, and the Oath of Installation, will be brought in by Istana Negara officials, accompanied by the striking of the nobat.
The Al-Quran, the symbol of the sanctity of Islam as the official religion, will then be presented to His Majesty by the Grand Chamberlain.
His Majesty will then kiss it and place it on a rehal or Quran stand on a table placed in front of the Sovereigns' thrones.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will then formally proclaim the enthronement of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, followed by the presentation of the Keris Panjang Diraja or the Keris of the Government to His Majesty who will then draw the keris, kiss it, and return it to its scabbard.
His Majesty will then take his Oath of Installation, pledging among other things to perform his duties in accordance with the laws and constitution, and to protect Islam at all times.