The Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar has declined the offer to be the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in order to make way for the sultan of Kelantan.
“This was all done as the sultan of Johor insists on giving his utmost focus on the sovereignty of Johor and the welfare of the people of Johor,” read a post today on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook, where the crown prince Tunku Ismail Ibrahim often releases his statements.
In a comment response on its post, the account also clarified that the process is usually by a rotation system, but all the other rulers had wanted the Johor sultan to be the next Agong.
“But the Johor sultan has declined the offer to concentrate fully on Johor,” read the comment.
In accordance with the rotation system, Kelantan's Sultan Muhammad V will be succeeding the current Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim, whose five-year term since Dec 13, 2011 will end this Dec 12.
The voting by the nine rulers is by secret ballot and a candidate needed to receive at least five votes to be named the next Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
This voting procedure is repeated for the post of Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong, who will act on the Agong’s behalf during His Majesty’s absence in the country, or due to illness.
On the Facebook posting, it was further clarified that the rotation system is the norm, however, "when an issue arises, it will be conducted according to a vote".
It added all the sultans agreed with the decision in favour of the Kelantan sultan.
"And for this reason too the Johor sultan chaired this 242nd Conference of Rulers meeting."
Meanwhile according to Bernama, the keeper of the rulers' seal Syed Danial Syed Ahmad officially announced the Kelantan sultan as the 15th Agong, with Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah as the deputy.