Sultan Nazrin ends duty as King with call for strong leadership, continued harmony in country

Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah takes a look at the album which was presented as token of love following a ceremony at the Perak Palace in Kuala Lumpur. Sultan Nazrin had been performing the King’s duties from Sept 18-Oct 25 in the absence of the KIng who was on visit to the United Kingdom. Photo courtesy of Istana Negara Facebook.

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 – Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah who has been performing the functions of the King since Sept 18 following His Majesty’s departure to the United Kingdom, will end his duty as at midnight Monday.

As a token of love, Datuk Paduka Maharaja Lela Istana Negara, Datuk Azuan Effendy Zairakithnaini today presented an album to Sultan Nazrin, following a ceremony at the Perak Palace, here.

Sultan Nazrin had executed his duties according to Article 33 (1) of the Federal Constitution throughout the absence of Malaysia’s King, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and the Queen Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah who were on a visit to the UK.

National News Agency BERNAMA reported that Sultan Nazrin in his speech earlier at the sending-off ceremony at Dewan Seri Bendahara, Istana Negara, had called for continued peace and harmony in the country.

Sultan Nazrin said the spirit of Keluarga Malaysia needed to be strengthened through the practice of openess in accepting the differences of opinion, in agreeing to disagree and in appreciating the differences of approaches and methods.

“Each voice should be given space to be heard because the voices of the unheard have the potential to ignite a fire with lava of revenge that is more volcanic in nature,” the agency reported him saying.

In his address, Sultan Nazrin also expressed his appreciation to the Prime Minister and the entire Malaysian Cabinet for the cooperation given to him in exercising the duties of the King.

He also expressed appreciation to the Chief Secretary to the Government and government officials as well as to Istana Negara officials and staff.

“May the harmonious ties between Istana Negara and Putrajaya continue to persist in the spirit of mutual understanding and mutual respect,” he said.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob as well as members of the Cabinet and other officials were present at the ceremony.

Ismail Sabri expressed his appreciation to Sultan Nazrin for exercising the duties of the King, and said that the Sultan’s views, advice and thoughts had been very useful and would always be a guide and reminder for him and the Cabinet in ensuring that the country’s administration is always on the right track.