April 27, 2007

long live the king!

May I present the newly crowned King and Queen of Malaysia. Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, the Sultan of Terengganu, officially accended the throne as the 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) on April 26th, 2007.

There are 9 Sultans in Malaysia and through a rotation system, each becomes King for a span of 5 years. For the next 5 years, Tuanku Mizan (an ardent equestrian) with his consort, Tuanku Nur Zahirah, will represent our country in all matters of tradition. Long live the King!

(I snapped this shot from the newspapers. So many to choose from but I liked this one best.)


Blogger Ming_the_Merciless said...

Totally cool! It looks like a movie poster actually. :-)

11:30 PM  
Blogger Olivier said...

Long vie au roi et à la reine. la photo du journal est tres belle, tout en or. c'est un roi qui gouverne ou un roi comme en angleterre ?

Long life with the king and the queen. the photograph of the newspaper is very beautiful, all out of gold. it is a king who controls or a king as in England?

11:36 PM  
Blogger edwin s said...

yes Ming...The King & I (the Malaysia remake) :)

Olivier, un Roi comme en Angleterre. A figurehead.

12:06 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

You chose well; a very handsome couple. Any problems with this rotation among the royals?

12:40 AM  
Blogger Keropok Man said...

read in the newspaper, he is making very good changes.

daulat tuanku.

12:43 AM  
Blogger Strangetastes said...

Edwin, you come up with more exotic images than anybody. Do Malaysians revere the king like they do up the peninsula in Thailand?


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1:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very cool poster. I like the way it does remind me of a movie.

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1:15 AM  
Blogger Meg in Nelson said...

So, Queen, but not the Mrs?

4:34 AM  
Blogger Meg in Nelson said...

Eddie, Photobloggie thing this weekend; good luck!

7:26 AM  
Blogger dijah said...

Daulat Tuanku!

Which newspaper did you snap it out of Edwin?

have a great weekend Edwin!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Fabrizio ikol22 said...

Strangetastes did the absolutely same question I had in mind to ask you...

However Long Life to Royal Couple

6:18 PM  
Anonymous kris said...

Daulat tuanku!

Lovely portrait of the royal couple :)

7:52 PM  
Blogger Z said...

The king-by-rotation is an interesting idea. I didn't know about it. In Switzerland, the President position rotates through the group of 7 ministers (Federal Council members) with a new one taking on the role each year. Not really the head of state as such.

10:49 PM  
Blogger edwin s said...

The King is a figurehead. The Sultans don't squabble over who is next. The population does revere the King, seeing he is our 'ruler' but I've noticed the Malay people revere him more than the other races do. The King does have the right to pardon criminals but leaves everything to our beloved Prime Minister.

Dijah, I shot this from the NST.

4:13 AM  

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