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 and his consort, Tuanku Haminah Hamidun. (© AP Photo, Vincent Thian)

Malaysia's new King Sultan Abdul Halim, front left, Queen Haminah stand on the red carpet 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.


His consort Tuanku Haminah Hamidun is also the Sultanah of Kedah, a title she has carried since the death of Tuanku Abdul Halim's first wife Sultanah Bahiyah Tuanku Abdul Rahman in 2003. Prior to that, Tuanku Haminah was the Che Puan Kedah. They have no children together, although Tuanku Abdul Halim and the late Sultanah Bahiyah have one daughter, Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz, and two adopted children, Tunku Sarina and Tunku Soraya.

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