The appointment was announced after all the Malay Rulers met in the Special Meeting of the Conference of Rulers at the Istana Negara (National Palace) today to elect the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong to reign for five years.
Sultan Abdullah replaced Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan who abdicated the federal throne on Jan 6 after holding the office since Dec 13, 2016.
The meeting chaired by the Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, also elected the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah as the Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong to reign for the same period.
The swearing in ceremony for the new King and his deputy will be held at the Istana Negara on Jan 31.
Sultan Abdullah was proclaimed as the 6th Sultan of Pahang on Jan 15, succeeding his ailing father Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah Sultan Abu Bakar.
The ascension to the Pahang throne entitled Sultan Abdullah to be on the list for election as the next and 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The rotational list of the appointment of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was based on the Ruler’s seniority, starting with Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Perlis, Terengganu, Kedah, Kelantan, Pahang, Johor and Perak.
The appointment of Sultan Abdullah as the new King was also lauded by the people from all walks of life who congratulated him via various platforms, including the social media.
The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and Permaisuri of Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, were among the first to convey their congratulations to Sultan Abdullah on his election as the new King.
Congratulatory messages also poured in for the new King, including from Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Defence Minister Mohammad Sabu and Pahang Menteri Besar Pahang Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.
The election of Sultan Abdullah as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong also received positive reactions from sports enthusiasts who also described it as a significant historical moment for the national sporting fraternity and a gift for national athletes as he is such an authoritative and prominent sporting figure in the country.
Sultan Abdullah is known as a ruler who is active in sports administration, especially in football, having held the post of president of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) from 2014 to 2017.
He was also the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) president and is active in polo as well.
His name is also synonymous with the politeness and fairness showed with regard to his subjects, a noble value which he inherited from his father, Sultan Ahmad Shah.