The billionaire sultan of Johor state has been sworn in as Malaysia’s new king on below the nation’s distinctive rotating monarchy system.
Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar, 65, took his oath of workplace on the palace and signed the instrument of the proclamation of workplace in a ceremony witnessed by different royal households, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, and cupboard members.
A coronation ceremony will likely be held at a later time.
Beneath the distinctive system, the heads of Malaysia’s 9 royal households take turns to be the King, generally known as the “Yang di-Pertuan Agong” each 5 years.
Identified for his giant assortment of luxurious automobiles and motorbikes, Sultan Ibrahim has wide-ranging enterprise pursuits from actual property to mining, together with a stake in Forest Metropolis – a £79bn China-backed land reclamation and improvement undertaking off Johor.
The brand new monarch has shut ties with Anwar, and his rule might bolster the prime minister’s united authorities, which faces robust Islamic opposition.
Forward of his set up, Sultan Ibrahim informed Singapore’s The Straits Occasions newspaper he intends to be an energetic monarch and proposed that Malaysia’s state oil agency Petroliam Nasional and the nation’s anti-corruption company ought to report on to the King.
He additionally spoke of his plans to revive a stalled high-speed rail hyperlink undertaking between Malaysia and Singapore, with a border crossing by Forest Metropolis.
Prime Minister Ibrahim later downplayed the statements, saying all opinions might be mentioned with out disregarding the federal structure, state media reported.
Sultan Ibrahim takes on his duties as King amid renewed political tensions in Malaysia.
The nation has seen ongoing political turmoil since 2018 when the then-ruling Barisan Nasional coalition was ousted from energy for the primary time since independence, prompting the monarch to play a better position.
9 ethnic Malay state rulers have taken turns as King for five-year phrases below the world’s solely such system since Malaysia gained independence from Britain in 1957.
Sultan Ibrahim’s election to the nationwide throne by his fellow rulers in October was broadly anticipated based mostly on a longtime rotation order.
Sultan Nazrin, the ruler of Perak state and subsequent in line to the throne, was re-elected as deputy monarch.