Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah last month called on MPs to support the country’s proposed budget. Photo: AFP Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah last month called on MPs to support the country’s proposed budget. Photo: AFP
Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah last month called on MPs to support the country’s proposed budget. Photo: AFP
Sophie Lemière
Opinion

Opinion

Sophie Lemière

Amid Malaysia’s political chaos, is the country’s king carving out a new place for himself?

  • Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has had to make an unprecedented number of decisions this year, amid a global pandemic and the manoeuvres of political parties
  • While his statements and actions are seen by some as contradictory to the king’s constitutional role, it can be argued he is portraying himself as a guarantor of stability

Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah last month called on MPs to support the country’s proposed budget. Photo: AFP Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah last month called on MPs to support the country’s proposed budget. Photo: AFP
Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah last month called on MPs to support the country’s proposed budget. Photo: AFP
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Sophie Lemière

Sophie Lemière

Sophie Lemière is a political anthropologist and Associate Researcher at the Collège de France’s Institut du Monde Contemporain in Paris. She is also Associate Researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand’s The History Workshop in Johannesburg, and Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC.