Thanks to an invitation by the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, yours truly found herself entering the former Royal Palace which is now the Royal Museum for the first time to witness the launch of ‘Our King Exhibition’ or ‘Pameran Raja Kita’ which was officially launch by His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V with YAB Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister and YB Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture in attendance…
The installation of His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on December 13, 2016, was held to continue the tradition of the institution of Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The appointment and installation of His Majesty is to replace His Majesty Almu’tasimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah.
This installation ceremony which is held every five years, is a highlight in the nation’s calendar. The manner and method of election of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong is determined by the Conference of Malay Rulers through a secret ballot. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong is selected from one of the rulers in the nine States, Pahang, Perak, Terengganu, Perlis, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Kelantan and Kedah.
The ‘Our King Exhibition’ is held as a way to introduce and foster closer relationships between His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V and His subjects with the hope that this exhibition will benefit and enlighten all on the importance of preserving this concept for future generations as a symbol of the nation’s sovereignty, an umbrella the protects and shelters everyone of us in this country…
Among some of the collection of items on display at the exhibition includes the muscat, which is the official attire of His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which design originates from Muscat, the capital of Oman, an Islamic country situated close to Iran. This formal dress was first used back in 1960 during the installation of the third Yang di-Pertuan Agong, inspired by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj when he became the first Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Then you can also view the Tengkolok DiRaja or Royal Headdress, which has been worn by Malay rulers for centuries in various styles as part of their regalia. This particular headdress is worn by His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong during his installation and is made from black fabric with gold thread. The style of the fold is known as ‘Dendam Tak Sudah’, which originated from Negeri Sembilan. Affixed at the front of the headdress is a 14 pointed star made of platinum and at the centre of it, the colorful crest of the Malaysian Government
I was definitely fascinated with the Royal short keris, which was made from the steel blades of an older keris. This Royal short keris comes with an ivory hilt and gold-decorated sheath. The keris hilt is named ‘Hulu Pekaka’ and resembles a garuda’s head. The Federation crest is embossed on the crosspiece of the sheath and forms part of the royal regalia and can only be worn by His Majesty, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong..
Another most revered item you can catch a glimpse of would be the Royal Long Keris which is an important symbol of authority during installation ceremonies. The Royal Long Keris is the Keris of Government and symbolises authority and power. The Royal Long Keris is covered in gold with the crosspiece engraved with the crest of the Federal Government and that of the 11 states of Peninsula Malaysia. Its blade is tempered from the steel of 11 keris from 11 states. The hilt of the keris is shaped like a horse’s hoof with decorations resembling the ‘jering’ fruit and is only worn by His Majesty on certain occasions.
Other interesting exhibits would be the Sceptre of the Universe and Sceptre of Religion, Maces, the Seal of the Kings and a whole lot more..
There are also personal effects from His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V such as his bowling shoes, his diving gear, his go kart attire and so on as part of his involvements in Sports and Recreation…his Lord Chancellor attire as part of his contributions in The Field of Education.
Personally it is always fascinating for me to look at these kind of exhibitions to understand the kind of person His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is… and it is also fascinating getting to be in the former Royal Palace compound to see how the previous kings lived…
Do take the time to check out this fascinating exhibition and learn what a dedicated king His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V is…
Long Live the King…Long Live the King…Long Live the King…
This exhibition will be open to public from 2nd May 2017 to 4th September 2017 and is held at the Royal Museum aka the former Royal Palace along Jalan Istana.
Visiting hours are from 9am to 5pm