TENGKU Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah who will be proclaimed the new ruler of Pahang on Tuesday, said he will leave it to the Almighty to decide if he will also became the next Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Utusan Online quoted Tengku Abdullah as saying “If it is written that I am heading there (to become the next King) there is where I go.”
“Whatever decision made by the Council of Rulers, let the choice be the best one for our country
“In chapter 36 verse 82 of the Quran and if we read it carefully, we will truly understand what I am saying,” Tengku Abdullah told reporters this morning after performing the morning prayer (Subuh) at the Masjid Al-Imam Shafie in Kuantan.
Tengku Abdullah was responding to questions on his becoming the next King after replacing his father Sultan Ahmad Shah Sultan Abu Bakar as the Pahang Sultan.
The verse Tengku Abdullah was quoting is from the Yaasin which states that “His command is only when He intends a thing that He says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.”
Yesterday, Deputy Pahang Royal Council chairman Tengku Muda Pahang Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah announced Tengku Abdullah would succeed his father, Sultan Ahmad Shah, who is gravely ill, as the Pahang sultan.
Every five years, a new Yang di-Pertuan Agong is formally elected to rule for a term by and from the nine rulers of the Malay states. The Kelantan sultan’s abdication has left the thrown vacant for the next in line, who is the Pahang ruler, followed by the Johor sultan.
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.
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