Our 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah will return to Terengganu this afternoon after completing his term.
Just before noon, His Majesty, accompanied by various groups, including a Cabinet Minister and a senior civil service officer, will board a special aircraft flying his entourage and Tuanku Nur Zahirah to Kuala Terengganu.
And tomorrow, the Sultan of Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah will fly out of Alor Setar in a special aircraft to KLIA to be sworn in as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the new Istana Negara in Jalan Duta.
This will be the second time that Tuanku Abdul Halim will ascend the throne as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the first time as the fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong between Sept 21, 1970 and Sept 20, 1975.
(Read an interesting article by Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, Perpetuity of the Institution of National Sovereignty on the constitutional monarch).
Tuanku Mizan has recorded a string of sterling achievements during his tenure as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
He was the first Muslim head of state to step foot on Antarctica last month after His Majesty made a five-day working visit to the research station at Scott Base located in the southernmost continent on Nov 20 to 24.
The visit was held in conjunction with Malaysia's accession to the Antarctic Treaty, 1959 on Oct 31 this year, which among others, enables Malaysian scientists to be directly engaged in all research undertaken on the continent.
Malaysia's assent to the Antarctic Treaty also made it the first Southeast Asian country and first Islamic nation to accede to the treaty.
Tuanku Mizan who was among the youngest Malay rulers to ascend the throne as the Sultan of Terengganu, aged 36, in 1988, was the second youngest Yang di-Pertuan Agong after Tuanku Syed Putra Syed Hassan Jamalullail when he was chosen as the 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Dec 13, 2006 at age 44.
To His Majesty, thank you for being with us...