Malaysia’s sultans back in political swing

Sidelined since the 1990s, traditional rulers are reasserting their royal authority against rising ethno-religious polarization stirred by divisive politicians

Singapore, November 9, 2017 1:21 PM (UTC+8)
The 15th king of Malaysia, Sultan Muhammad V arrives for a ceremonial guard of honour during the parliamentary opening session at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur on March 6, 2017. Photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan
The 15th king of Malaysia, Sultan Muhammad V arrives for a ceremonial guard of honour during the parliamentary opening session at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur on March 6, 2017. Photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan
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