Malaysia's new king: Coronation ceremony for new Sultan

Malaysia's new king: Coronation ceremony for new Sultan

Sultan Muhammad V, the incoming 15th king of Malaysia, inspects a ceremonial guard of honour during the king's welcoming ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2016. Malaysia's unique revolving monarchy was passed on December 13 to the sultan of Kelantan state in a ceremony which comes just once every five years. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA
Sultan Muhammad V, the incoming 15th king of Malaysia, inspects a ceremonial guard of honour during the king's welcoming ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2016. Malaysia's unique revolving monarchy was passed on December 13 to the sultan of Kelantan state in a ceremony which comes just once every five years. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

Malaysia's 15th king, Sultan Muhammad V known for his relaxed public persona ascends the throne of Malaysia's rotating monarchy this week.

MONARCHY

Malaysia's new king: Coronation ceremony for new Sultan

13/12/2016
AFP News agency

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia on Tuesday installed its 15th king, Sultan Muhammad V, a relatively youthful monarch known for his fondness for four-wheel driving and other extreme sports.

In a ceremony steeped in pomp and centuries of tradition, the 47-year-old Sultan, dressed in gold-coloured traditional Malay formal wear (formal attire), took the oath of office in the national palace in Kuala Lumpur.

The ceremony, marked by honour guards and Islamic prayers, was televised nationally and attended by Prime Minister Najib Razak and hundreds of guests decked out in Islamic finery.

MALAYSIA'S MONARCHY ROTATES EVERY FIVE YEARS BETWEEN REGIONAL LEADERS

Sultan Muhammad V is currently the ceremonial ruler of the conservative Islamic northern state of Kelantan.

He takes the national throne under the rotating monarchy in place since independence from Britain in 1957.

In a unique arrangement, the throne of the Muslim- majority country changes hands every five years between the rulers of the nine Malaysian states still headed by Islamic royalty.

RELAXED PUBLIC PERSONA: EVEN WEARS A BASEBALL CAP BACKWARDS 

Sultan Muhammad V studied at St Cross College at Oxford and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, according to official media.

The new Sultan is known for a relaxed public persona.

He takes part in walkathons to promote health and has even been photographed wearing a baseball cap backwards.

The Sultan "fills his free time by reading and has an interest in extreme sports such as four-wheel drive expeditions and endurance challenges and shooting," Bernama news agency said.

Sultan Muhammad V, the incoming 15th king of Malaysia, inspects a ceremonial guard of honour during the king's welcoming ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

CRITICISM STRICTLY FORBIDDEN

Despite the merely ceremonial role, Malaysia's Islamic royalty command great respect, especially from Muslim Malays, the country's majority group, and criticising them is strictly forbidden.

Portraits of the king and queen adorn government buildings throughout the country.

The king is also the symbolic head of Islam in the nation, as well as the nominal chief of the military.

Sultan Muhammad V (R), the incoming 15th king of Malaysia, saltues as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) and his deputy Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (L) stand during the king's welcoming ceremony at Parliment House in Kuala Lumpur on December 13, 2016. Malaysia's unique revolving monarchy was passed on December 13 to the sultan of Kelantan state in a ceremony which comes just once every five years. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

SULTANS TRACE LINEAGE BACK TO THE 15TH CENTURY

Malaysia's sultans trace a lineage back to Malay sultanates of the 15th century.

The king is referred to as Yang di-Pertuan Agong, or "He Who Is Made Lord".

Sultan Muhammad V replaces Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah from the northern state of Kedah, now 89, who was king previously in the 1970s and became the first person to hold the position twice.



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  • according to (prep): as stated or reported by somebody/something - ตามคำบอกเล่า, ตามรายงาน
  • adj (noun): connected with soldiers or the armed forces - ในทางทหาร,เกี่ยวกับทหาร
  • adorn: to make something/somebody look more attractive by decorating it or them with something - ตกแต่ง, ประดับ
  • arrangement: a plan or preparation that you make so that something can happen - การจัดการ
  • attend: to go to an event, such as a meeting, a show, a sports competition, etc. - เข้าร่วม (ในการประชุม, งานต่าง)
  • backward (adverb): in the direction in back of you - โดยไปทางข้างหลัง
  • century: a period of one hundred years - ศตวรรษ
  • ceremonial (adj): relating to or used in a ceremony - เกี่ยวกับพิธี
  • ceremonial ruler: holding the head position in a group or organisation , but not having the power that goes with it - หัวโขน (ดำรงตำแหน่งหัวหน้าแต่ไม่มีอำนาจในการตัดสินใจหรือใช้อำนาจนั้น)
  • ceremony (noun): a formal public event - งานพิธี
  • challenge: to compete for something - แข่งขัน
  • changes hands: to pass to a different owner - ถูกขาย
  • chief: a person with a high rank or the highest rank in a company or an organisation - หัวหน้า, ผู้นำ
  • command: to deserve and get something because of the special qualities you have - ควรได้รับ
  • conservative: opposed to great or sudden social change; showing that you prefer traditional styles and values - ที่เป็นอนุรักษ์นิยม
  • criticise: to say that you disapprove of somebody/something; to say what you do not like or think is wrong about somebody/something - วิจารณ์, ติเตียน,จับผิด
  • currently: at this time; now - ในปัจจุบัน
  • decked out: dressed in nice or fancy clothes -
  • endurance: the ability to continue doing something physically difficult or continue dealing with an unpleasant situation for a long time - ความอดกลั้น, ความอดทน
  • expedition: an organized journey with a particular purpose; a short trip that you make when you want or need something - การเดินทาง
  • extreme sports (noun): sports that are extremely exciting to do and often dangerous, for example skydiving and bungee jumping - กีฬาที่ท้าทาย
  • finery: brightly coloured and elegant clothes and jewellery, especially those that are worn for a special occasion - เสื้อผ้าอาภรณ์ที่หรูหรา
  • fondness: a fondness or liking for something - ความชอบ
  • forbidden (adj): not allowed - ต้องห้าม, ถูกห้าม
  • formal: very correct and suitable for official or important occasions - เป็นพิธีการ
  • formal attire: special clothing you wear for important occasions -
  • four-wheel: trucks with all four wheels receiving power so that they can be driven off the road in the dirt or sand -
  • free time (noun): time when you are not working, so you can do what you want - เวลาว่าง, เวลาที่ว่างจากการทำงาน
  • honour guard: a usually military unit which forms a line at official ceremonies to greet important people, like the leader of a country - กองเกียรติยศ
  • in place: prepared and ready to use - เข้าที่, อยู่ในที่
  • independence (noun): freedom from control by another country, organisation or person - ความเป็นอิสระ
  • install: put a person in a political position - install a new Prime Minister
  • known for: famous for -
  • majority: more than 50 percent of a group - เสียงส่วนใหญ่
  • mark: to celebrate something - เพื่อเฉลิมฉลอง
  • media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ
  • merely: only; used for emphasising that something is small or unimportant - เพียงเท่านั้น
  • monarch: a king or queen - กษัตริย์ หรือราชินี
  • monarchy: a type of government in which a country is ruled by a king or queen - การปกครองที่มีพระมหากษัตริย์เป็นประมุข
  • nation: a country considered as a group of people with the same language, culture and history, who live in a particular area under one government; all the people in a country - ประเทศ, คนในประเทศ
  • national (adjective): for the whole country - แห่งชาติ, ของชาติ
  • news agency (noun): an organisation that collects news and supplies it to newspapers and television and radio companies - สำนักข่าว, องค์กรรวบรวมข่าวให้สื่อมวลชน
  • nominal: in name or thought but not reality - แต่ในนาม
  • oath of office: a formal promise to carry out the duties of an important job - คำสาบานตนเข้ารับตำแหน่ง
  • official: someone with an important position in an organisation - เจ้าหน้าที่
  • palace: the official home of a king, queen, president, etc, a large impressive house - พระราชวัง, ตำหนัก, ปราสาท
  • persona (noun): the aspects of a person's character that they show to other people, especially when their real character is different - บารมี
  • pomp: the impressive clothes, decorations, music, etc. and traditional customs that are part of an official occasion or ceremony - พิธีเอิกเกริก, การแสดงโอ้อวด
  • portrait: a painting, photograph, drawing, etc. of a person - ภาพวาดหรือภาพถ่ายคน
  • position: a job - ตำแหน่ง
  • prayer (noun): making a request or paying respect when practicing a religion - การสวดมนต์
  • previously: before -
  • promote: to encourage or support something - สนับสนุน
  • public: open to people in general - สาธารณะ
  • refer: to mention someone or something - อ้างถึง, อ้างอิง
  • relatively: somewhat; in comparison with someone or something similar - ค่อนข้าง
  • relaxed: calm and not worried - อย่างผ่อนคลาย, ซึ่งรู้สึกสบาย
  • respect: to accept the importance of someone's rights or customs - เคารพ
  • role: the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organisation, society or relationship - บทบาท
  • rotating (adj): the process of replacing one person/thing with another from the same group in a fixed order การสับเปลี่ยน -
  • royalty: the people who belong to the family of a king and queen - บุคคลในราชวงศ์
  • state: country - ประเทศ
  • steeped in: to have a lot of something -
  • strictly: completely - อย่างเข้มงวด
  • sultan: the title given to Muslim rulers in some countries - สุลต่าน, ประมุขของประเทศที่นับถือศาสนาอิสลาม
  • symbolic: representing something important, but in this case, not the real thing - เป็นสัญญาณ เป็นสัญลักษณ์
  • take part (verb): to join and be part of some activity; participate as a participant - เข้าร่วม, มีส่วนร่วม
  • take part in (verb): to join and be part of some activity; participate as a participant - เข้าร่วม มีส่วนร่วม
  • throne: a special chair used by a king or queen to sit on at ceremonies - ราชบัลลังก์
  • trace: to follow the evidence to find out something - ตามรอย ตามทาง
  • tradition: a very old custom, belief, or story - ประเพณี, ขนบธรรมเนียม
  • traditional (adj): of a custom, a way of life or a way of doing things that has not changed for a long time - เป็นประเพณี, ตามธรรมเนียม, ตามที่ปฏิบัติกันมา
  • unique: very special, unusual or good - ที่มีลักษณะพิเศษ  เป็นเอกลักษณ์
  • youthful (adjective): looking, appearing and behaving like a young person - ดรุณ, หนุ่ม, อ่อน, รุ่น, วัยกำดัด, วัยแรกรุ่น
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