Crisis averted with King's resignation

But with Malaysia's new monarch to be appointed in coming weeks, tensions could still arise between sultans and Mahathir government

A crisis for Malaysia's constitutional monarchy, involving the government as well as the rulers of the country's nine royal households, was averted yesterday with the unprecedented resignation of Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V as the king, or the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as he is officially called.

But the appointment of a new monarch in the coming weeks by the Conference of Rulers still leaves open the prospect of tensions between the sultans and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's government.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 07, 2019, with the headline 'Crisis averted with King's resignation'. Print Edition | Subscribe