Sultan Ibrahim scheduled to take oath as Malaysia’s 17th King today (Jan 31)

Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar at the Istana Negara. Photo credit: Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar Facebook page

KUCHING, Jan 31: Sultan Ibrahim of Johor is set to take the oath of office as Malaysia’s 17th King today, serving a five-year term.

According to a Bernama news report published today, the ceremony of taking the oath of office and signing the instrument of office will take place at the 264th (Special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Balairung Seri (throne room), Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

Sultan Nazrin Shah, the Sultan of Perak, will also take the oath of office as Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong for the same term during the ceremony.

The news outlet stated that Sultan Ibrahim will sign the instruments of proclamation of office in the presence of the other Malay Rulers, members of the Royal family, and dignitaries. The content of the proclamation will be read out by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“Sultan Ibrahim is scheduled to depart for the ceremony from Istana Bukit Serene, Johor at 7.45am and board a special aircraft at the Royal Hangar of Senai International Airport, Johor Bahru, heading to the capital.

“The ceremonial welcome of His Majesty the King will begin at the Royal Malaysian Air Force Subang Air Base at about 9.45 am before Sultan Ibrahim heads to the Istana Negara for the oath-taking and signing of instruments.

“Queen of Malaysia, Raja Zarith Sofiah, and Their Majesties’ children are also scheduled to grace the historic ceremony,” as reported by Bernama.

Sultan Ibrahim was elected as the 17th King of Malaysia at the 263rd (Special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers in October last year, alongside Sultan Nazrin who was elected as Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Sultan Ibrahim took over from Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, who concluded his tenure as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday (Jan 30).

Sultan Ibrahim was born on Nov 22, 1958, at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Bahru. He became the Sultan of Johor on Jan 23, 2010, after the passing of Sultan Iskandar. His official coronation occurred on March 23, 2015. — DayakDaily