Sun­set may be home for new Malaysian king

The Sunday Times - - NEWS -

RES­I­DENTS of one of Perth’s most ex­clu­sive river­side sub­urbs could soon have a royal neigh­bour.

Sul­tan of Jo­hor Ibrahim Is­mail, right, who is build­ing a man­sion on the for­mer Sun­set Hospi­tal site in Dalkeith, has emerged as a con­tender to be Malaysia’s next king.

The Sul­tan — who is fa­mous for his gold­coloured Boe­ing 737 — bought the 1993sqm site on Iris Av­enue for $8.5 mil­lion from the WA Gov­ern­ment in 2015.

The lux­ury three-storey prop­erty, left, be­ing built into the hill­side has sweep­ing views of the Swan River and will be his fam­ily’s Aus­tralian hol­i­day home.

Malaysia’s royal fam­i­lies will meet on Jan­uary 24 to pick a new king after the Sul­tan of Ke­lan­tan stepped down as the 15th Malaysian king last week­end.

Un­der Malaysia’s royal house ro­ta­tion sys­tem, the next in line is the Sul­tan of Pa­hang. But the 88-year-old has re­port­edly been in poor health and, if deemed in­el­i­gi­ble, Ibrahim Is­mail could be crowned.

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