r Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani to Al-Sultan Abdullah during an audience at Istana Negara on Aug 12.
King of Malaysia, his Majesty was a member of the Fifa executive committee from 2015 to 2019. He ascended the throne in 2019 at the age of 59, becoming Malaysia’s 16th monarch since it gained independence from Britain in 1957.
he Rich Legacy of Malaysia’s Royal Families
Malaysia has a unique constitutional monarchy in which kings have been chosen in turn from the royal families of nine states, and each reigns for a five-year term.
The silver-haired, bespectacled Al-Sultan Abdullah became king after the surprise abdication of the previous king. He was at the time and time before this held the position of Tengku Mahkota Pahang for almost 44 years. In 2016, he was proclaimed as the Regent of Pahang after the approval of his late father, the Sultan of Pahang.
The King of Malaysia had to resign from the FIFA post after taking his oath of office as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in early January 2019.
But his unwavering support for football and hockey was there as he supported the rise of sports in the country. Pahang ranks as one of the most sporting states in Malaysia.
He is an avid sportsman, having represented his East Coast state of Pahang in football matches in his younger days.
With his close sporting interests, he has served as a member of the FIFA Executive Committee and as President of the Asian Hockey Federation.
Suresh Nair is an award-winning sports journalist who is also a qualified international coach and international referee instructor.