KUALA TERENGGANU: Tengku Muhammad Ismail Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin has been appointed the Regent of Terengganu, making the eight-year-old among the youngest Malay princes to hold such a post.
The installation ceremony was held at Istana Maziah here yesterday, the day before his father was officially proclaimed the 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Tengku Muhammad Ismail was appointed heir to the Terengganu throne on Jan 12, with the title of Yang Di-Pertuan Muda Terengganu.
The proclamation of Tengku Muhammad Ismail as the regent was read out by Tengku Sri Bendahara Raja Tengku Mustaffa Kamel.
At the ceremony, the prince was also bestowed the Darjah Kerabat Terengganu Yang Amat Mulia award by his father.
As the regent is very young, a three-member Regency Advisory Council has been established to carry out the duties of a regent.
The members are Tengku Sri Panglima Raja Tengku Baderulzaman, Tengku Sri Laksamana Raja Tengku Sulaiman Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah and Federal Court Judge Datuk Abdul Kadir Sulaiman.
The council is headed by Tengku Baderulzaman, Sultan Mizanís younger brother, while Tengku Sulaiman is the Sultanís uncle.
Under the state Constitution, the regent and his advisers are entrusted to carry out the Sultanís duties.
The proclamation ceremony started with the arrival of a resplendent Tengku Muhammad Ismail in a Rolls Royce at the palace at 9.50am. Sultan Mizan and Sultanah Nur Zahirah arrived five minutes later.
In his speech, Sultan Mizan said the council had been entrusted with a heavy responsibility, and he hoped there would be strong co-operation among the council, Menteri Besar and state exco members, reminding them that decisions must be based on integrity and be for the common good of all.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the rakyat of Terengganu were overjoyed with Tengku Muhammad Ismailís appointment.
He pledged the state governmentís fullest co-operation with the royal council.
Although Sultan Mizan would be the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Idris said he would continue to brief the ruler regularly on developments in the state.