Friday, October 1, 2010

Kelantan prince stripped of royal title

Article Source The Star Online - 30th September 2010

Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia 30th September 2010 :

The newly proclaimed Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V, has stripped his younger brother Tengku Muham­­mad Fakhry Petra of the royal title Tengku Temenggong.

The new Ruler also withdrew two royal awards bestowed on his brother by their father; the Darjah Kerabat Ahli Yang Amat Dihormati (DK) (Al-Yunusi) and the Darjah Kebesaran Mahkota Kelantan Yang Amat Mulia (SPMK) (Al-Muham­madi I).

Tengku Fakhry is the third child of the former Sultan of Kelantan, Tuanku Ismail Petra Al-Marhum Sultan Yahya Petra.

Tuanku Muhammad Faris, the eldest son of Tuanku Ismail, was proclaimed Sultan by the state Royal Succession Council on September 13, 2010.

State Secretary Datuk Seri Mohd Aiseri Alias said the new Sultan had his own reasons for making the decree affecting his brother, which took effect from yesterday.

The notice on the removal of the royal title and awards was served on Tengku Fakhry by a State Secretariat official to an employee of Istana Mahkota in Kubang Kerian at around 10am yesterday. The notice was made known to the prince in a letter, Aiseri told a press conference in Kota Baru on 30th September 2010.

The withdrawal of the title and awards also meant the removal of a royal allowance accorded to Tengku Fakhry when he was Tengku Temenggong.

Last week, the Controller of the Kelantan Royal Household, Da­­tuk Abdul Halim Hamad, announced that Tuanku Muhammad Faris was to be officially addressed as Sultan Muhammad V for matters pertaining to the palace and the state government to avert the use of various names.

Tengku Muhammad Fakhry has been embroiled in long-standing bitter rivalry with his eldest brother Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra when the latter was the Kelantan Regent.

Tengku Muhammad Faris was proclaimed the new Sultan of Kelantan by the State Royal Succession Council on Sept 13, 2010 and has assumed the name Sultan Muhammad V.

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