Pahang Ruler: I leave it to God’s will
KUANTAN: Sultan Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah says he is focusing on the proclamation ceremony as the sixth Sultan of Pahang and his oath-taking tomorrow.
The Sultan said he was leaving the question about being appointed as the next Yang di-Pertuan Agong to God’s will. “If it is written that I will end up there, then there I will be,” he said, citing the Surah Yasin verse 82.
The verse reads in part: Whenever He wills a thing, He just commands it “be” and it is.
After the Sultan of Kelantan, the next in line in the rotation of the nine Malay Rulers to be appointed as King are the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan of Johor and Sultan of Perak.
When met after performing the subuh (dawn) prayers at Masjid Al-Imam Ash-Shafie here, Sultan Abdullah said he had mixed feelings of sadness and gratitude upon being announced as the successor to the Pahang throne.
He expressed his thanks to God, his siblings and the people of Pahang for their support.
“I hope I will get the fullest cooperation from the state and federal governments in performing my duties for the benefit of the people, mainly the needy.
“As Sultan of Pahang, it is my responsibility, not only to the people but also to Allah.
“I am open to advice and constructive criticism, which can be pedas (heated), if it will pave the way for better mutual understanding and for me to perform better for our future,” he said.