Malaysia state’s new sultan tipped to be country’s next king
Kuala Lumpur: The central Malaysian state of Pahang’s soon-to-be new sultan is tipped to become the country’s next king under a unique rotating monarchy system. The Conference of Rulers has said it will pick a new king among nine hereditary state rulers on January 24 following the sudden abdication of Sultan Muhammad V after just two years on the throne. No reasons were given for the Jan. 6 abdication, the first in the nation’s history, which came after the 49-year-old Sultan Muhammad V reportedly married a former Russian beauty queen. Pahang’s 88-year-old Sultan Ahmad Shah is next in line to be king, but he is gravely ill. Tengku Abdullah, currently the regent of Pahang, will succeed Sultan Ahmad Shah on Tuesday, the Pahang palace announced Saturday.