Hundreds of Malaysians gathered outside the Kompleks Bunga Raya at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to send off Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah who is flying home to Kedah on Monday, New Straits Times Online reported on Monday.
The Kedah Sultan ends his five-year term as Malaysia’s King on Monday.
Waving Malaysian flags, Malaysians have lined the streets awaiting the King’s motorcade.
Dozens of youths have also donned colourful traditional clothing represented Malaysia’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious society.
Most interesting was the deployment of two elephants equipped with the howdah, a carriage positioned on the back of the elephants to carry their riders.
In his blogpost, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak expressed gratitude and thanks to the outgoing Yang di-Pertuan Agong on behalf of the government and the people for His Majesty’s excellent performance as head of state.
He said the constitutional monarchy system in the country is unique as no other country in the world practices the same concept.
“It is so beautiful that this institution does not only take care of the Malays and Bumiputera, but it also takes care of the rights and interests of all races and religions in the country,” said the prime minister in his blogpost.
Malaysia practices a rotating monarchy system among the nine states which have hereditary royal rulers known as Sultans. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong acts as the country’s head of state and is elected from among the sultans that form the Conference of Malay Rulers.