The Council of Rulers today named Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, less than 10 days after he was proclaimed the Pahang ruler to replace his ailing father.

Sultan Abdullah, 59, will fill the void left by Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan, who stepped down from the throne early this month.

Perak ruler Sultan Nazrin Shah meanwhile will remain as Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The decision to appoint Sultan Abdullah was expected, as Pahang is next in line for the Agong’s post under a unique rotation of the nine Malay rulers every five years.

All except Sultan Muhammad V attended the voting today, in a special meeting chaired by Terengganu ruler Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin.

Sultan Abdullah was born at Istana Mangga Tunggal on July 30, 1959 and attended primary school at Sekolah Kebangsaan Ahmad in Pekan and Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan St Thomas in Kuantan (1966-1969). He received his secondary education at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan St Thomas (1970-1974).

He went to the UK to further his studies at Aldenham School, Elstree, Hertfordshire and Davies College, London, from 1975 to 1977.

He also attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the UK (1978-1979) as well as Worcester College and Queen Elizabeth College, also in the UK (1980-1981), and gained a Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy.

He will be sworn in as Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 31.