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YANG di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V hosted a dinner for Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito, who is the oldest son of Emperor Akihito, at Istana Negara on April 16. Also present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Prince Naruhito arrived in Kuala Lumpur on April 13, for a five-day official visit to Malaysia, his first to the country.

His visit coincided with the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Malaysia-Japan bilateral relations.

Prince Naruhito also visited the PERMATApintar National Gifted Centre at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, the National Museum, the Smart Tunnel Control Centre and the Japanese School Kuala Lumpur.

The last visit by a Crown Prince of Japan to Malaysia was in 1970 by Emperor Akihito, when he was the Crown Prince, and Empress Michiko, the then Crown Princess.



THE Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V’s down-to-earth persona made waves when he set aside protocol during a meeting with the press as the Sultan of Kelantan.

During the rare interview on May 6, 2011, the then 42-year-old Ruler was asked whether he would get married soon to which he promptly replied “InsyaAllah” (God willing).

He hinted that he might tie the knot and Kelantan might welcome a Raja Perempuan. However, when probed further, he declined to elaborate.

Dressed in a light

KUALA LUMPUR - Sultan Muhammad V was installed as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the throne room of Istana Negara here Monday.

The Grand Chamberlain presented Sultan Muhammad V with a copy of the Quran as a symbolic gesture depicting the role of the King as head of the Islamic religion of the Federation and states that do not have a Ruler.

His Majesty also received the Keris Panjang Diraja, which symbolises his willingness to assume the role as head of state.

Sultan Muhammad V also read

PUTRAJAYA - The Government is committed to looking after the interests of non-Muslims, and the deferment of the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 was to review it so that it would not become mere polemic.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi assured that the Government was not backtracking on its commitment to amend the Act. Instead, he said, it wanted the proposal reviewed so that it would not be detrimental to the country.

“We are committed to taking other

KUALA LUMPUR - Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V called on Malaysians of all races to preserve unity, tolerance and shared responsibility towards the nation.

In his Royal Address as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, he said it was proven that Malaysians of diverse races, religions, culture and way of life are able to live together in peace, harmony and mutual respect.

"This has been the source of our uniqueness and strength all this while," he said at the installation ceremony in

KUALA LUMPUR - Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito today began his five-day official visit to Malaysia by laying a wreath at the National Monument or 'Tugu Negara' built in remembrance of those who died in the country's struggle for freedom.

The crown prince bowed and stood in silence as a mark of respect after laying the wreath of white flowers in front of the imposing structure located within a walking distance from the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens.

Present at the event was Deputy Minister in the

ALOR SETAR - The recent news of Sultan of Kedah Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah (pic) being critically ill is not true, said the Comptroller of the Royal Household/Principal Private Secretary of the Sultan of Kedah, Datuk Paduka Syed Unan Mashri Syed Abdullah.

Syed Unan expressed disappointment over the malicious intent of certain quarters in spreading the rumours that the Kedah Ruler was seriously ill.

"This sort of rumour has spread in the past too and usually happens when there is a

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