‘PRAY FOR THE BEST’ – BUT FOR WHOM? PAHANG REGENT STARTS KEY ROYAL MEETING – WITH NAJIB ALSO ATTENDING – THAT COULD DETERMINE WHO WILL BE THE NEXT AGONG, WHO IS EMPOWERED TO GRANT PARDONS

KUALA LUMPUR: “Doakan yang terbaik” (pray for the best) – says Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah (pic) before entering the state’s royal council meeting here.

Tengku Abdullah had greeted the media personnel who were waiting for him and then went on to say “doakan yang terbaik” before walking into the room where the other council members were waiting for him.

The meeting, that started around 4pm Friday (Jan 11), will be chaired by Tengku Abdullah himself but the subject matter of the meeting was not revealed to the media.

However, there has been talk about Sultan Ahmad Shah’s abdication as the Sultan of Pahang to make way for his son, Tengku Abdullah.

The Keeper of the Ruler’s Seal Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad said that the next Yang di-Pertuan Agong would take his oath of office on Jan 31.

After the Sultan of Kelantan, the next in line in the rotation of the rotation of the nine Malay Rulers are the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan of Johor and Sultan of Perak respectively.

It is understood that Sultan Ahmad Shah, 88, is unwell.

Earlier, former Department of Land and Mines director-general Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak was installed as the new Pahang state secretary.

Dr Sallehuddin took his oath before Tengku Abdullah and signed the appointment letter before the Regent.

Dr Sallehuddin came into office on Jan 7.

Tengku Abdullah, in his brief speech, congratulated Dr Sallehuddin on his appointment and advised him to carry out his duties and responsibilities to look after the welfare of the people of Pahang.

Tengku Abdullah also thanked former state secretary Datuk Seri Muhammad Safian Ismail for his services.

Those who also witnessed the ceremony were Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail and former prime minister and current Pekan MP Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. – THE STAR

Tengku Mahkota starts meeting on Pahang sultan’s position

TENGKU Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has begun chairing a special meeting of the Pahang royal household following the resignation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong five days ago.

“Pray for the best,” the Tengku Mahkota of Pahang told reporters as he walked into the room to chair the meeting today at a hotel in the state capital.

Though it has never been publicly acknowledged the meeting is to discuss the possible abdication of ailing Pahang ruler Sultan Ahmad Shah, 88.

After the Kelantan sultan, the next in line in the rotation of the nine Malay rulers are the Pahang sultan, Johor sultan and Perak sultan respectively.

The meeting began after the newly appointed Pahang state secretary Sallehuddin Ishak received his appointment letter.

The former Land and Mines Department director-general took over as state secretary on January 7 and the Tengku Mahkota administered the oath of office on him before the meeting could begin.

Among the members of the state’s royal council seen entering the room were Pahang Menteri Besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail and former prime minister Najib Razak.

Najib sits on the council as Orang Kaya Indera Shahbandar, which is a nobility title of the Pahang Sultanate and among the four highest ranking nobles below the Sultan in the palace.

The Malay rulers will meet on January 24 to pick the next Agong and his deputy.

They will meet again on January 31 to administer the oath of office on the newly elected King and his deputy. THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT

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