King of Malaysia moved to tears during Farewell Banquet

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The King of Malaysia was moved to tears during the Farewell Banquet before the next Malay monarch takes the throne at the end of the month.

The Malaysian government held a Farewell Banquet in Kuala Lumpur on 27 January for King Abdullah and Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah (known as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agnong in the Asian country).

Royals from across Malaysia were in attendance during a night of dedication for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s work over the past five years.

King Abdullah spoke to those assembled and was seen wiping tears from his eyes as he said: “Insya-Allah, if there are no other obstacles or more “other moves” in the next two days, I will complete my reign with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“Naturally, everything that begins must end, and every meeting must have a parting. Therefore, the time has come for me and Raja Permaisuri Agong to step down.

“I will leave for Pahang with mixed feelings of sadness, happiness and gratitude because I have carried out this trust to the best of my ability and the sincerity of my heart.”

He also spoke about what history would say about his reign, saying his success is not for him to decide: “The question of whether I was successful or not is not for me to evaluate. Let history judge.”

The monarch had to appoint three prime ministers during his time on the throne and “guide the country out of uncertainty.” He stressed the importance of unity during uncertain times: “I would be deeply saddened if the unity that has been forged were to crumble again due to our weaknesses and negligence.”

His wife, Queen Tunku, was also emotional as he paid tribute to her during his remarks.

“To my beloved Raja Permaisuri Agong, I am truly fortunate to have won your heart 38 years ago, and I am grateful and proud that you have also captured the hearts of Malaysians over the past five years,” he said before hugging her.

The King’s tenure as the 16th monarch will end on 30 January, and Ibrahim Ismail of Johor will succeed him the following day. Malaysia is an elective monarchy where the King is elected for a five-year term from the rulers of the nine Malaysian states.

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