Pahang declares tomorrow as occasional public holiday

30 Jan 2019 / 18:44 H.

KUANTAN: Pahang has declared tomorrow as a ‘cuti peristiwa’ (occasional public holiday) in conjunction with the swearing-in of the Sultan of Pahang, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, as the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said the decision to declare the holiday was made at the meeting of the State Executive Council today after obtaining the consent of Sultan Abdullah.

“The occasional public holiday is deemed necessary because tomorrow is a historic day for Pahang and all the people of the state in view of the swearing-in of the Sultan of Pahang as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” he told a press conference at Wisma Sri Pahang.

Sultan Abdullah was elected as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong after the Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V, resigned as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 6.

Wan Rosdy said the occasional holiday was significant because the last similar historic occasion for Pahang took place about four decades ago, in 1979, when Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah Sultan Abu Bakar, the father of Sultan Abdullah, was elected as the seventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong. — Bernama

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