Leaders and most netizens on social media expressed shock and sadness last night over the resignation of Sultan Muhammad V as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The news of his resignation, which became known late yesterday evening, received a myriad of reactions, expression of affection and the highest appreciation for the service of Sultan Muhammad V during his reign as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak in a brief posting on his Facebook paid tribute to and gave the highest appreciation to Sultan Muhammad V on his service as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
"We Malaysians pray for his health and that he is protected by Allah. Long live the King! " Najib said.
Permatang Pauh Member of Parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar thanked Sultan Muhammad V for giving a full pardon to her father, Anwar Ibrahim.
“May Malaysia no longer continue having political detainees,” Nurul Izzah said on Twitter.
Following the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s resignation, netizens have been asking who his successor will be.
Among the comments posted by netizens were one by Syamil Hmd, who said: “Sad Tuanku. But whatever it is, my King sits on the throne to protect the people. Allahuakhbar, Daulat Tuanku.”
Mohd Irwan Shaffii wrote: “First time in history. Agong steps down. Never happened before.”
Another netizen, Shahril Aziz, looked back at Sultan Muhammad V’s famous quote which went viral, saying: “Remember Tuanku’s joke at the opening of the Parliament sitting… the hot phrase at that time was ‘sit down, don't run’ if you still remember.”