Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi pays tribute to former Malaysian king, in Malay language

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed offered condolences following the death of Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - May 08, 2019: HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (R), greets HE Mohamed Ahmad Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defence Affairs (L), during an iftar reception at Qasr Al Watan.

( Rashed Al Mansoori / Ministry of Presidential Affairs )

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi has offered his condolences to the family of Malaysia's former king following his death.

In comments written in Malay, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, paid tribute to Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, who died at the age of 88 this week.

"My sincere condolences to His Majesty the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, the son of Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, his esteemed family and the Malaysian people on the death of his father. May God Almighty bless him with His mercy," he wrote.

Born in 1930, Ahmad took the throne of the Pahang state from his father in 1974 and ruled Malaysia between 1979 and 1984. He continued to serve as ruler of Pahang for 45 years, abdicating in January to allow his son Abdullah to take his seat and become the Malaysian king.

In Malaysia's unique rotating monarchy, the king is elected from the nine sultans of the country's nine states every five years.

While their role is ceremonial, Malaysia’s Islamic royalty command great respect, especially from Muslim Malays.