KUALA LUMPUR: In a ceremony steeped in royal tradition, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'azam Shah, 84, was installed as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong today at the new, majestic Istana Negara at Jalan Duta, here. (NST Online)
The ceremony today marked two historical significance for the country as well as for Tuanku Abdul Halim.
This is the second time that His Majesty was installed as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the first was as the Fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 1970 at the age of 42.
Adding to the uniqueness of the installation ceremony this time around is Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. When Tuanku Abdul Halim was installed as the Fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the prime minister at that time was Najib's father, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, the second prime minister of Malaysia.
[Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah at his installation as the fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the age of 42, in 1970. With him are his late consort Tuanku Bahiyah Tuanku Abdul Rahman (right), then prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein (third row, right) and his wife Tun Rahah Mohd Noah (left). File picture of NST ]
Earthquake magnitude of 8.7 strikes Aceh
Tremors felt in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya and Penang.
JAKARTA, April 11, 2012 (AFP) - A massive earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday, US and Indonesian monitors reported, prompting a Pacific-wide tsunami alert.
The quake's magnitude was 8.7, according to a revised measurement from the US Geological Survey, and it struck 431 kilometres (268 miles) off the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh.
Malaysia issues tsunami alert after quake.
Malaysian authorities on Wednesday issued a tsunami alert for the country's western coastline and warned citizens to stay away from the shore following a massive earthquake in the Indian Ocean.