Johor Sultan turns down offer to be next Agong

Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has declined the offer to be the next Yang Di Pertuan Agong. ― Bernama pic
Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has declined the offer to be the next Yang Di Pertuan Agong. ― Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 ― Johor monarch Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has turned down the offer to be the next Yang Di-Pertuan Agong in order to focus on state affairs.

In a statement on Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page, the decision was made to pave the way for Kelantan's Sultan Muhammad V to be the next Agong.

“HRH The Sultan of Johor has respectfully declined the offer to be the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di Pertuan Agong (HM The King of Malaysia) in order to make way for HRH The Sultan of Kelantan.

“This was all done as HRH The Sultan of Johor insists on giving his utmost focus on the sovereignty of Johor and the welfare of the people of Johor. Allah Peliharakan Sultan,” the statement read.

The Conference of Rulers is having their meet at Istana Negara today. It is understood that a new Agong might be announced later.

The current Yang di-Pertuan Agong is Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, the Sultan of Kedah, whose five-year term as King effective from December 13, 2011 will end this December 12.

Based on the rotation system, Sultan Muhammad V is next in line to the throne