Singapore leaders congratulate Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim on becoming Malaysia’s 17th

In his letter, Mr Lee said that Sultan Ibrahim’s “vision of a cohesive and forward-looking Malaysia” bodes well for the country’s development.

“I am confident that Your Majesty will discharge the functions of the highest office in Malaysia with distinction and commitment,” he said.

Mr Lee said that the “multi-faceted and enduring relationship” between Singapore and Malaysia is grounded in the two countries’ historical ties.

The two countries work closely in multiple domains, both bilaterally and within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and “in an uncertain world, our partnership will be even more vital for the continued prosperity and security of our peoples”, he said.

Mr Lee said Singapore is looking forward to strengthening its friendship and cooperation with Malaysia during Sultan Ibrahim’s reign.

“Ho Ching and I wish Your Majesty and Her Majesty Raja Zarith Sofiah good health and happiness, and we look forward to welcoming Your Majesties in Singapore soon,” he added.

Sultan Ibrahim has long held friendly ties with Singapore’s leaders and has spoken about the special relationship shared between Johor and Singapore on multiple occasions.

He was elected king in October 2023 after Malaysia’s nine sultans met to vote on who among them would be the country’s next head of state. 

The decision followed the established order of Malaysia’s unique rotational monarchy system in which the country’s nine hereditary rulers take turns to be the king for a five-year term.

Sultan Ibrahim’s late father Sultan Iskandar Sultan Ismail was the last Johor ruler to be Yang di-Pertuan Agong, reigning from 1984 to 1989.

Sultan Ibrahim succeeded Pahang ruler Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, whose term as king ended on Jan 30.

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