Malaysia enthrones new King
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 15 April 2012

Malaysia's new king, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, 84, was king previously in the 1970s. He has just became the first person to hold the position twice.  He was enthroned on 11 April 2012 in a lavish ceremony steeped in centuries-old royal traditions. 

Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy with an elected monarch as head of state. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong is elected by the Conference of Rulers, a body which traces its origons back to British rule.

....the role and function of The King....

The King or Yang di-Pertuan Agong is the head of state. A literal translation of the title is "He who is made Lord". However, common alternatives are "King", "Supreme Ruler", "Paramount Ruler", or "Supreme Head of State".

Only the rulers of the Malay states of (Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Perlis, Terengganu, Kedah, Kelantan, Pahang, Johor, and Perak) participate in the election of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and stand as candidates. The governors of the other states (Penang, Melaka, Sabah, and Sarawak) do not participate in the election or removal of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or his deputy, and in relation to the privileges of the Malay rulers and the observance of Islam.

The Conference enjoys certain powers relating to the amendment of entrenched parts of the Constitution.

The membership of the Conference depends on the succession of the Malay sultans - one is elective - and the appointment of the governors. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong appoints the governors.

Since 1993, the full title in Malay has been, Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The king usually acts on the advice of the Ministers, who are responsible to Parliament, but has certain discretionary or reserve powers.

On his election, His Majesty called for equality for all in the multi-ethnic Asian nation. This video report is from AFP