Today, 12th December 2011 marks the end of a five year reign of Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin as the 13th Yang Di Pertuan Agong of the nation. He was appointed the Yang Di Pertuan Agong on 13th December 2006 at the age of 44 years old, taking over from Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail, the present ruler of the state of Perlis.
In a simple but yet colourful ceremony at the Parliament this morning, Malaysians and foreign dignitaries bid farewell to Tuanku Mizan and his consort, prior to their departure for their home state of Terengganu. Tuanku Mizan shall be remembered for his sporting prowess in horse endurance riding and his athletic physical appearance. For members of the Armed Forces, a new and modern military hospital at Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur bears his name.
Taking over as the 14th Yang Di Pertuan Agong is Tuanku Abdul Halim Badlishah, the ruler of the state of Kedah. This will the second time Tuanku Abdul Halim is appointed the Yang Di Pertuan Agong; the first time being from 21st September 1970 till 20th September 1975, when he was 43 years of age.
Malaysians, in bidding farewell to Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin for a glorious five year reign, looks forward to welcoming Tuanku Abdul Halim Badlishah as the 14th Yang Di Pertuan Agong of our nation.
As a retiree of the Armed Forces for almost 13 years now, I miss the many official functions that are associated with the presence of the Yang Di Pertuan Agong and his consort, especially during the Armed Forces Day parade and dinner.
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