Pahang state’s Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is tipped to take the throne. Photo: APPahang state’s Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is tipped to take the throne. Photo: AP
Pahang state’s Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is tipped to take the throne. Photo: AP

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Malaysia’s next king: Islam’s defender, political tightrope walker (just ask Mahathir Mohamad)

  • Malaysia’s hereditary rulers are about to elect a new king. Here’s what powers he’ll have, how he’s elected and why he might want to be careful around the prime minister
  • Pahang’s Sultan Abdullah is the favourite, but Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar is also in with a shot

Topic |   Malaysia
Pahang state’s Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is tipped to take the throne. Photo: APPahang state’s Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is tipped to take the throne. Photo: AP
Pahang state’s Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is tipped to take the throne. Photo: AP
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