Sultan Muhammad V set to reign as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong

Dec 12, 2016
Sultan Muhammad V
Sultan Muhammad V

The Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V is set to become the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Sultan Muhammad V was elected on Oct, 14, to become the next Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the head of state of Malaysia.

His reign will begin tomorrow, taking over from Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, the Sultan of Kedah who completed his five-year reign today.

Meanwhile, Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, 59, will take over from Sultan Muhammad V as the new Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Sultan Muhammad V received his early education at Sekolah Sultan Ismail I before continuing his studies at the Alice Smith International School in Kuala Lumpur.

He later finished his studies in 1989 at the Oakham School Rutland in England before moving on to receive his tertiary education in diplomatic research at the St Cross College in Oxford and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, graduating in 1991.

The then Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra was installed as the Sultan of Kelantan on Sept 13, 2010.

Sultan Muhammad V is currently the Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK).

Sultan Kelantan is said to be an avid reader as well as a motor-racing enthusiast, having taken part in four-wheel drive expeditions and endurance riding.

Sultan Muhammad V with his special squad bodyguards.
Sultan Muhammad V with his special squad bodyguards.

Sultan Muhammad V, who often refers to himself as ‘kita’ when meeting with the people of this state loves going down to the ground, including the interior areas and Orang Asli settlements in Gua Musang and Jeli.

Sultan Muhammad V who was installed as the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan on Oct 6, 1985, prefers to wear a ‘jubah’ (robe) or ‘baju melayu’ (Malay attire) which is known in the state as ‘baju gumbang’ with a ‘kain pelikat’ (sarong cloth) and a white ‘kopiah’ (skullcap) when making visits on his subjects.

On 13 September 2010, Muhammad Faris Petra was proclaimed the 29th Sultan of Kelantan, in accordance with the State Constitution.

He took the regnal name Muhammad V.

Muhammad V attended the 222nd meeting of the Conference of Rulers for the first time as a full member in October 2010.

This marked the recognition of his accession as Sultan by other rulers.

Sultan Muhammad V was elected Deputy Yang Di-Pertuan Agong on October 2011.

He served in that post from October 2011 until 13 December 2016.

As Yang di-Pertuan Agong, he will be expected to hold full responsibility as Commander-in-Chief of the Malaysian Armed Forces.

He also holds the full responsibility as the Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Artillery Regiment, Malaysian Army, and thus attends all its activities and ceremonial occasions.