By Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
SUBANG JAYA: Malaysia is currently without a Yang di-Pertuan Agong following the shock resignation of Sultan Muhammad V, ruler of Kelantan, from the country’s most prestigious and supreme post.
The resignation came amid rumours that the Council of Rulers delivered an ultimatum to His Royal Highness to either relinquish his position as Yang di-Pertuan Agong or be forced a disgraceful exit for reasons yet unknown.
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.
Article 39 dictates that the executive authority of the Federation shall be vested in the Yang di-pertuan Agong and can be exercised by him or by the Malaysian Cabinet or any Minister authorised by the Cabinet.
Article 33(1), on the other hand, provides that the Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall exercise the functions of the Yang di- pertuan Agong and have the privileges accorded to His Royal Highness during any period in which the office of the Yang di-pertuan Agong is deemed vacant.
Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah is currently the sitting Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
As such, he is by default the effective Yang di-Pertuan Agong, or, as some might have it, the caretaker Head of State, until such a time that the Council of Rulers convenes to decide upon the question of succession to the federal throne.