Thu, 15 Dec 2011 08:41:29 GMT | By Amirul Ruslan

Getting to know the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong

84-year old Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah of Kedah took the oath of office Tuesday to become the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, or King, of Malaysia for his second term of five years.

Tuanku Abdul Halim is the newly-crowned 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia. (© AP Photo, Vincent Thian)

Malaysia's new King Sultan Abdul Halim, third right in front, inspects an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Parliament Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. The 84-year-old sultan became the oldest constitutional monarch in this Southeast Asian nation's history.

This is the first time a Malaysian ruler has ever been the national monarch twice. Tuanku Abdul Halim's first term as Agong was from 1970 to 1975 in his forties. At the time, he was among the youngest Malay rulers to have been appointed to the post of Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Tuanku Abdul Halim's term as Agong succeeds the five year term of Terengganu ruler Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, who returned to his home state after a farewell ceremony at Parliament on Monday.

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