The Malaysian Insight learnt that of the remaining Seven (7) Malay Rulers, only two – Selangor and Johor – had defended the HM King in the discussions. The other FIVE (5) agreed he should step down (Minimum Number of Votes Required !!!)
Beyond Politics, Malay Rulers NUDGED to Protect Palace…
The inevitable happened in just under seven weeks.
The minute reports of the November 22 wedding and photographs made their rounds on social media, it just became a matter of when the Malay Rulers would convene a meeting to discuss the future of Sultan Muhammad V as the DYMM SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
And once the DYMM SPB YDP Agong understood that he had lost the favour of the majority of the Sultans, he had little choice but to resign, rather unprecedentedly in a country with an unique rotational constitutional monarchy.
The Malay Rulers will now have to convene a Conference of Rulers meeting to decide on the next DYMM SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agong (HM King) but with the vacancy today, Deputy King HRH Sultan Nazrin Shah from Perak will be the Acting HM Agong.
Courtiers from among the nine palaces in Malaysia told The Malaysian Insight that the Rulers made this unprecedented move to protect the royal institution – already reeling from rising public questioning about their role during the May 9 general elections that finally saw the Barisan Nasional (BN) lose their grip on power since Merdeka when the pact was known as the Alliance.
The courtiers said in the meetings among the rulers, it was not unanimous but clear that the majority of rulers felt that given all that has happened in last few months, the HM King had to step down.
What had happened was simple. HM King Sultan Muhammad V had taken official leave for two months from last November 1 to December 31, ostensibly to rest after some medical treatment.
But word and photographs came at the end of November that the HM King had married a Russian beauty queen in a private ceremony in Moscow. Oksana Voevodina, who was crowned Miss Moscow in 2015, married the HM King in a lavish ceremony after reportedly converting to Islam earlier last year.
The 25-year-old doctor’s daughter has worked previously as a model in China and Thailand. There were more photographs and video clips from her modelling career that raised more than eyebrows in the conservative parts of Malaysia, more so the DYMM SPB YDP Agong’s home state of Kelantan, which is run along puritanical lines by the ruling Islamist PAS government.
Rumours of a possible meeting among the rulers scheduled for January 2 was already circulating just as the Perak ruler ended his two-months stint as the Acting HM King on December 31.
The unofficial meetings among the rulers were finally held on January 3 and 4 to discuss the HM King’s wedding or the “the straw that broke the camel’s back” as described by a courtier privy to the discussions.
Palace staff also confirmed that five rulers from Perlis, Johor, Perak, Kedah and Terengganu had met at the Istana Perlis at 10am last Friday to discuss the matter. !!!
“The Rulers agonised over this move. They did not want it to be a secret vote so a resolution was put in place so that every ruler knew each others position,” one courtier told The Malaysian Insight.
Only one Ruler, the Sultan of Pahang, did not attend any of the meetings as he is incapacitated (Gering @ Sick). The Kelantan royal household did not attend the unofficial discussions as the HM King is the HRH Sultan of Kelantan.
The Malaysian Insight learnt that of the remaining seven Malay Rulers, only two – Selangor and Johor – had defended the King in the discussions. The other five agreed he should step down.
It is understood that the HRH Raja of Perlis and the HRH Raja Perempuan of Perlis then met the HM King for a private dinner at the Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur last night, which ended at 12.40am this morning.
Courtiers said the HM King was advised to step down at the private dinner.
“Since the HM King decided to resign, there was no official vote. But he was told that if he didn’t quit, the Malay rulers had the minimum FIVE (5) votes to vote him out,” said one source.
Under the federal constitution, the Malay Rulers will convene soon to decide on the next DYMM SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which by convention rotates in a particular order among them set when Malaya became independent on August 31, 1957.
The HRH Sultan of Pahang is next in line but will pass as he is ill/sick (Gering). The next in line is the HRH Sultan of Johor but the process to fill the vacancy will take several weeks, automatically making the Perak Ruler as the Acting HM King.
– January 6, 2019.”