KUALA LUMPUR: The Sultan of Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, took his oath as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong at Istana Negara in a historic and poignant ceremony.
At 84, the oldest monarch in Malaysian history, he is the first head of state to become King twice. He began his first five-year tenure aged 43 in 1970 when the father of the present Prime Minister was at the helm of the Government.
Popular with both his brother Rulers and the people, he was obviously buoyed by the welcome he received when he arrived at Istana Negara and the rousing send-off he got in Alor Setar from about 30,000 people who lined the 5.2km stretch from his palace to the airport named after him.
Holding fast to tradition, he was resplendent in the Kedah royal regalia of black and yellow which he preferred all those years ago when he had to travel by train for his ascension to the throne as the fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
As Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak read out the proclamation that confirmed him as King, Tuanku Abdul Halim twinkled ever so slightly to indicate he was ready to reign once more - with feeling.