Najib: I was absent from Agong’s coronation due to change of seats

Najib: I was absent from Agong’s coronation due to change of seats

PUCHONG: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak did not attend the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s installation ceremony as he was forced to change outfit due to last-minute seat adjustment.

In a Facebook post, Najib said while initially he was supposed to sit at a place reserved for former prime minister, it was later changed to the Orang Besar Pahang row at the last minute.

“No confusion but I received a call at 6.30am that there was a change of seat.

“Originally seated at seat Number 10, reserved for former prime minister under the ceremony protocol but was later changed at the last minute to the Orang Besar Pahang row, ” he said.

Najib, who is also Pekan MP, has a hereditary title from Pahang, the title ‘Orang Kaya Indera Shahbandar’, and is also one of the ‘Orang Besar Berempat’.

The change of seat, Najib added, would require him to change his attire to fit as a Pahang nobleman.

“The ceremonial attire for Orang Besar Pahang and for former prime minister is not same. Every position has its protocol.

“At that juncture, I did not have time to get the attire from Pekan,” he said.

Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah was officially installed as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong in a grand ceremony steeped in royal custom and tradition at Istana Negara yesterday.

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