The government has declared 30 July 2019 to be a public holiday to celebrate the installation of Malaysia’s 16th Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Bakar stated that the holiday was announced in accordance with the Public Holidays Act 1951, which applies to peninsular Malaysia and Labuan. State governments in Sabah and Sarawak are also expected to formalise the holiday soon.
The role of Agong is rotated amongst the heads of nine of states of Malaysia, with each reigning for a period of five years after an election process held by a council from the same states. However, the new Agong’s predecessor stepped aside following just two years on the throne.
The installation ceremony will be broadcast live across Malaysia by multiple networks.