SULTAN Muhammad V has won the hearts and minds of the rakyat with his humble and gentle ways.
When His Majesty chats with the people during visits, he often refers to himself as “ambo” (Kelantan dialect for I).
His down-to-earth dressing style has also gone down well with the public. He is often photographed wearing a jubah or Baju Melayu with sarong and a skullcap when he meets his subjects in his home state of Kelantan.
The King is also seen as a pious leader as he has shown a great commitment to religious matters. An example is His Majesty’s brainchild of “Qiam With Me” Ramadan month programme. The programme, first launched six years ago, is a hit among Muslims in Kelantan.
His Royal Highness also mooted the idea of holding the annual Royal Walkathon to promote a healthy lifestyle and to draw the community closer to the palace.
Sultan Muhammad V, born Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra, was the second monarch from the state to be installed as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
His grandfather Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra ibni Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim reigned as the sixth Yang di-Pertuan Agong from 1975 to 1979.
Sultan Muhammad V, 47, is the eldest of four children born to Sultan Ismail Petra and Tengku Anis Tengku Abdul Hamid.
His siblings are Kelantan Regent Tengku Dr Muhammad Faiz Petra, 42, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra, 38, and Tengku Amalin A’ishah Putri, 32.
Sultan Muhammad was appointed Crown Prince at the age of 16, and as the Regent of Kelantan before his 40th birthday. He was proclaimed as the 29th Sultan of Kelantan in 2010.
His Majesty was appointed Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 2011 before succeeding the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah in December last year.
Sultan Muhammad V places great emphasis on education, as he believes in travelling far and wide to enrich his knowledge.
His Majesty received pre-school education at Fatima Convent Kindergarten Kota Baru (1974-1975) before continuing his primary education at Sekolah Sultan Ismail I (1976-1981).
He continued his secondary education at Alice Smith International School in Kuala Lumpur before leaving to study at Oakham School in Rutland in England until 1989.
He later pursued diplomatic studies and Islamic Studies at Oxford. His Majesty studied diplomatic relations and business administration at Huron University College, London, and later pursued diplomatic relations at Deutsche Stiftung Internationale Entwicklung in Berlin, Germany. He also studied European business administration at European Business School in London.
Sultan Muhammad V is now the Chancellor of National Defence University of Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Mara. As His Majesty places great emphasis on education, he religiously attends convocation ceremonies held at the two institutions.
As His Majesty is also the Supreme Commander of the Malaysian Armed Forces, and Colonel-in-chief of the Royal Artillery Regiment, he has shown deep interest in organisations associated with security and the military.
His Majesty has consented to be the patron of various sports associations as well as charitable organisations, namely the Kelantan Shooting Association, Equestrian Sports Association, 4×4 Motorsports Association, Archery Association, Yayasan Sultan Kelantan, Kelantan Council of Royal Chieftains, Society for Anti-Ageing Aesthetic Regenerative Medicine Malaysia and Red Crescent Society.
Yayasan Sultan Kelantan provides education aid as well as monetary assistance to the less privileged, including orphans, the disabled and the poor.
Sultan Muhammad V loves outdoor sports, actively participating in four-wheel-drive expeditions, and horse-riding activities.
His Majesty also enjoys shooting, archery, golf, bowling and football. – thestaronline