Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Installation ceremony for Malaysia's new king

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia installed its new king in a formal ceremony on Wednesday at the Istana Negara.

The ceremony began in the morning as Sultan Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah of Kedah becomes the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Tuanku Abdul Halim and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah were welcomed by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor at the palace.

The installation of Tuanku Abdul Halim, 84, creates history as this is the second time he is being proclaimed king. He served as Malaysia's king between 1970 and 1975.

Tuanku Abdul Halim, who was born on 28 November 1927, received his early education at Sekolah Melayu Titi Gajah before pursuing his studies at Maktab Sultan Abdul Hamid, Alor Setar, Kedah.

He then furthered his studies at Wadham College, Oxford, London in early 1952, majoring in Social Science and Public Administration. He was appointed the Raja Muda of Kedah 6 August 1949.

On 9 March 1957, he was appointed as the Regent of Kedah when his father, Sultan Badlishah went overseas between March 12 and July 3, 1957.

Following the demise of Sultan Badlishah, Tuanku Abdul Halim, then 35, ascended to the throne of Kedah on 14 July 1958 and was installed as the Sultan of Kedah on 20 February 1959.

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Source From Channel News Asia

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