Malaysia has a unique system, with nine Malay sultans taking turns to assume the role of king every five years. It is a largely ceremonial role, with the monarch bound to act upon the advice of the prime minister and cabinet with few exceptions.
How many royal families are there in Malaysia?
Seven are hereditary monarchies based on agnatic primogeniture: Kedah, Kelantan, Johor, Perlis, Pahang, Selangor and Terengganu. In Perak, the throne rotates among three branches of the royal family loosely based on agnatic seniority.
How many sultan are there in Malaysia?
It is a distinction with a difference, we insist. The New Straits Times said it as it is yesterday: the “King steps down.” It bears repeating that Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy with nine hereditary sultans electing from among themselves a Yang di-Pertuan Agong for a five-year term.