Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
AMPANG: Today is indeed a sad day for Malaysia.
Hours ago, a statement from Istana Negara read that Sultan Muhammad V, the ruler of Kelantan, resigned from his post as Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
According to a news report by NST Online, the resignation was said to have been in accordance with Article 32(3) of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
Sultan Muhammad V was the country’s 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
“Throughout his tenure as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, his Royal Highness has fulfilled his duties as the Head of State, a pillar of national stability, a source of justice and basis of unity and uniting factor for the people.
“The King would like to offer his thanks to all the state Rulers for selecting him as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, from Dec 13, 2016,” the statement read.
Gagasan Tiga (G3) is saddened by the Agong’s departure and hopes that the Government of Malaysia (GoM) will seek clarification from Istana Negara over the matter.
Sultan Muhamamd’s resignation comes amid rumours that he was delivered an ultimatum by the Council of Rulers to either exit in grace or be sacked in disgrace for reasons yet unknown.
On Friday, the 4th of January 2019, G3 told Sinar Harian that rumours began swirling two months before the 2nd of November 2018, the day the Agong went on official leave for a period of two months, that the ruler was set to be replaced.
When asked, G3 explained that the rumours were spread by politicians who colluded with people of the palace to bring the Kelantan ruler’s credibility to doubt.
G3 added that the actions of these politicians had instilled fear among the people, particularly the Malay-Muslims, that the GoM under Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was bent on turning the country into a republic.
The Third Force is due to write on this soon as a follow up to an article published on Friday, the 4th of January 2019, titled, One state ruler has quietly agreed to Republik Malaysia plan.