Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tuanku Muhriz is new Negri Ruler

Quoting this from The Malaysian Insider .


Tuanku Muhriz is new Negri Ruler

SEREMBAN, Dec 29 — After a tense 24 hours and more than four decades since being passed over, Tunku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir, 60, was named the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan today in a ceremony steeped in tradition.

His appointment as the new Negri Sembilan Ruler put to rest speculation that he would be bypassed again by his cousin Tunku Naquiyuddin, the eldest son of Tuanku Ja'afar Tuanku Abdul Rahman, who passed away on Saturday.

In 1967, Tuanku Muhriz, who was then 18, was not chosen when his father died because of his youth.

Instead Tuanku Ja'afar, who was his uncle, was appointed.

In recent years, it had been widely expected that Tunku Naquiyuddin would succeed his father.

Tunku Naquiyuddin had even been named acting Ruler in his father's absence in recent years, lending weight to speculation that he would be the next Yang di-Pertuan Besar.

But today, as Tuanku Ja'afar was being laid to rest, the four Undangs, or territorial chiefs, who have the ultimate power to decide on succession, chose instead to vote in his cousin.

It had been a tense wait as the Undangs deliberated for hours a day earlier on who should succeed Tuanku Ja'afar.

The Malaysian Insider understands that there was intense lobbying over the past two days for the respective candidates.

It is understood several prominent Malaysians had backed Tuanku Muhriz to become the next Ruler as they felt he was a respected and even-tempered personality who had patiently waited his turn.

In the past four decades, Tuanku Muhriz was a corporate figure.

Bernama reports that the proclamation of Tuanku Muhriz as the new Negri Sembilan Ruler was made by Undang Luak Sungai Ujong Datuk Klana Petra Datuk Mubarak Dohak at the Istana Besar Seri Menanti in Kuala Pilah.

The ceremony, which was telecast live via RTM, was held at the throne room of the palace.

The appointment of the Yang di-Pertuan Besar was made according to the “adat perpatih” of Negri Sembilan.

Tuanku Muhriz was appointed as the new Yang di-Pertuan Besar from among the "Putera Yang Empat" (the Four Princes) in accordance with the state constitution.

The other three princes — Tunku Laxamana Tunku Naquiyuddin, Tunku Muda of Serting Tunku Imran Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja'afar and Tunku Panglima Besar Tunku Nazaruddin Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja'afar — were also present.

Yesterday, the four Undangs — Undang Luak Sungai Ujong, Undang Luak Johol, Undang Luak Jelebu and Undang Luak Rembau — together with the Tunku Besar of Tampin held a conference behind closed doors to elect the new Ruler of the state.

Born on Jan 14, 1948, Tuanku Muhriz received his early education at Sekolah Menengah King George V in Seremban and continued at the Aldenhem School in Britain.

He obtained his LLB from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, in Britain.

Tuanku Muhriz is the only son out of six siblings of the late Tuanku Munawir Tuanku Abdul Rahman with his consort Tunku Ampuan Durah Tuanku Besar Burhanuddin.

Tuanku Muhriz is married to Tengku Datuk Aishah Rohani Tengku Besar Mahmud of Terengganu and they have three children, Tunku Ali Redhauddin Muhriz, 31, Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin Muhriz, 26, and Tunku Alif Hussein Saifuddin Al-Amin, 23.

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