Sultan Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar, has urged Malaysians to allow Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim the opportunity to demonstrate his leadership prowess. In an interview with The Straits Times of Singapore, the Sultan emphasized that substantial transformations could not be anticipated within a mere year. He expressed support for the Unity Government, particularly highlighting the efforts of Transport Minister Anthony Loke.
Support for Unity Government and Future Plans
Sultan Ibrahim has pledged to back the government while maintaining his readiness to voice objections to any unsuitable actions. He underscored his close relationship with Anwar Ibrahim, who occasionally seeks his counsel, even during late-night hours. The Sultan's approach suggests a balance of support and constructive criticism aimed at ensuring the government's efficacy.
Sultan Ibrahim's New Role as 17th Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Further elevating Sultan Ibrahim's influence, he has been appointed as the 17th Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King of Malaysia), effective from January 31, 2024, for a term spanning five years. Simultaneously, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah of Perak has been announced as the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong for the equivalent duration. Sultan Ibrahim is set to succeed Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah of Pahang, who has served as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong for a five-year term commencing on January 31, 2019.
Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim's Initiatives
In addition to dealing with the pressures of his new role, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has entrusted the UiTM Malaysia Alumni Federation (PAUiTM) with the task of promoting progressive thinking within the Malay community. The Prime Minister has also taken a firm stand on international issues, denouncing the United States' veto on the proposal for an immediate ceasefire in the Palestine-Israel conflict, highlighting the need to halt the massacre of innocent civilians.