Mahathir unable to confirm if Malaysian King has married

The Malaysian King, Sultan Muhammad V, reportedly married former Moscow beauty queen Oksana Voevodina on Nov 22.
The Malaysian King, Sultan Muhammad V, reportedly married former Moscow beauty queen Oksana Voevodina on Nov 22.PHOTO: THE NEW STRAITS TIMES PRESS

KUALA LUMPUR • Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday that he could not confirm that the Malaysian King, Sultan Muhammad V, had recently married, as widely reported and discussed on social media in the past week.

According to online reports and supposed pictures of the wedding ceremony, the 49-year-old ruler was married earlier this month to former Moscow beauty queen Oksana Voevodina, 25.

"I don't have the name or official confirmation, I can't say anything," Tun Dr Mahathir told reporters in Parliament, when asked about the rumours.

Malaysia's national palace, Istana Negara, has not issued any statement to confirm or deny the matter, despite keen interest in Malaysia and on social media.

According to MailOnline, the Web version of British newspaper Daily Mail, on Wednesday, the wedding took place on Nov 22 in a concert hall in Moscow.

Sultan Muhammad became Malaysia's king in April last year, in a unique five-year rotational monarchy system involving the nine Malay royal houses.

The post is then passed to another Malay-state ruler.

Sultan Muhammad, who is from Kelantan, was known as Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra ibni Tengku Ismail Petra before his ascension.

According to social media reports, Ms Voevodina won the Miss Moscow 2015 title.

In 2004, Malaysia's The Star newspaper reported that the Sultan, then the Crown Prince of Kelantan, had married Ms Kangsadal Pipitpakdee, 24.

She is a descendant of Muslim royalty in Pattani province, southern Thailand.

He was 35 then. It is unclear what happened to his marriage to the Thai woman.

But when he became king last year, making him the 15th king, the media reported that he became the first one to reign without a queen consort.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2018, with the headline 'Mahathir unable to confirm if Malaysian King has married'. Print Edition | Subscribe