Malaysia Birthday of SPB Yangdi-Pertuan Agong

Malaysia Birthday of SPB Yangdi-Pertuan Agong

June 2
Malaysia practices a system of government based on a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy. The head of state is the king, also known as Seri Paduka Baginda (SPB) Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Although the term king is used, this is not a hereditary position. The SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agong is also the highest commander of the Malaysian armed forces. The federal head of government is the prime minister.
The SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agong is one of three bodies that make up the Malaysian Parliament. The other two are the Senate (Dewan Negara) and the House of Representatives (Dewan Rakyat). The Yang di-Pertuan Agong is elected to a five-year term. According to the Malaysian Constitution, only the Conference of Rulers has the power to elect and appoint the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The Conference of Rulers is a council comprised of state rulers who deliberate on questions of national policy and other important matters.
Every year, June 2 is set aside as a national holiday in Malaysia to celebrate the birthday of the current and past SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agongs.
CONTACTS:
Resource Center, Parliament of Malaysia
Parliament Bldg.
50680 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
www.parlimen.gov.my
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