KUALA LUMPUR — Leaders and most netizens on social media on Sunday (Jan 6) night expressed shock and sadness over the resignation of Sultan Muhammad V as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The news of his resignation, which became known late Sunday evening received a myriad of reactions, expression of affection and the highest appreciation for the service of Sultan Muhammad V during his reign as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in a brief posting on his Facebook paid tribute to and gave the highest appreciation to Sultan Muhammad V on his service as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
“We Malaysians pray for his health and that he is protected by Allah. Long live the King! ” he said.
Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar thanked Sultan Muhammad V for giving a full pardon to her father, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“May Malaysia no longer continue having political detainees,” she said on Twitter.
Following the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s resignation, netizens have been asking who his successor will be.
Among the comments posted by netizens was one by Syamil Hmd, who said: “Sad Tuanku. But whatever it is, my King sits on the throne to protect the people. Allahuakhbar, Daulat Tuanku.”
Mohd Irwan Shaffii, meanwhile, wrote: “First time in history. Agong steps down. Never happened before.” Another netizen, Shahril Aziz, recalled Sultan Muhammad V’s famous quote which went viral, saying: “Remember Tuanku’s joke at the opening of the Parliament sitting… the hot phrase at that time was ‘sit down, don’t run’ if you still remember.”