Muhammad V of Kelantan

Sultan Muhammad V (Jawi: سلطان محمد ٥; born 6 October 1969) has reigned as the 29th Sultan of Kelantan since September 2010 and served as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia from December 2016 until his abdication in January 2019. He was proclaimed Sultan of Kelantan on 13 September 2010, succeeding his father, Sultan Ismail Petra, who was deemed incapacitated by illness. Sultan Muhammad V was proclaimed Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 13 December 2016. He became the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong to abdicate from the federal throne, effective 6 January 2019.[3]

Muhammad V
محمد ٥
Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV
Al-Sultan of Kelantan
Sultan Muhammad V 2017.jpg
Muhammad V in 2017
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Reign13 December 2016 –
6 January 2019
Installation24 April 2017
PredecessorAbdul Halim
Prime Ministers
Sultan of Kelantan
Reign13 September 2010 – present
PredecessorIsmail Petra
Heir presumptiveTengku Muhammad Faiz Petra
Chief Ministers
Born (1969-10-06) 6 October 1969 (age 53)[fn 1]
Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
IssueNone that is announced and endorsed by the Kelantan Palace (though Oksana did give birth to a son in the marriage)[1][2]
Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra ibni Tengku Ismail Petra
Regnal name
Sultan Muhammad V
HouseLong Yunus
FatherSultan Ismail Petra Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra
MotherTengku Anis Binti Tengku Abdul Hamid
ReligionSunni Islam
SignatureSultan Muhammad V signature.svg
Alma mater

Early life and regencyEdit

Born Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra ibni Tengku Ismail Petra (Jawi: تڠکو محمد فاريس ڤيترا ابن المرحوم تڠکو إسماعيل ڤيترا) in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. He is the eldest son of Sultan Ismail Petra and Raja Perempuan Tengku Anis.

Tengku Faris received his early education at Fatima Convent kindergarten from 1974 to 1975 and SK Sultan Ismail (1), Kota Bharu from 1976 to 1981. He thereafter studied at Alice Smith School, Kuala Lumpur before leaving for the United Kingdom to study at Oakham School, Rutland, England from 1983 to 1989. He then attended St Cross College, Oxford and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies to study diplomatic studies, graduating in 1991.[4] He also studied at Huron University College, London, Ontario, Canada; Deutsche Stiftung für Internationale Entwicklung (DSE), Berlin, Germany; and the European Business School, London, United Kingdom.

He was made the Tengku Mahkota (Crown Prince) of Kelantan on 30 March 1979 and formally installed at Balairong Sri, Istana Balai Besar, Kota Bharu, Kelantan on 6 October 1985.

On 14 May 2009, his father, Sultan Ismail Petra, suffered a major stroke. Sultan Ismail Petra was admitted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore and Tengku Faris was appointed Regent on 25 May in the Sultan's absence.[5]



On 13 September 2010, Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra was proclaimed the 29th Sultan of Kelantan, in accordance with Article 29A of the State Constitution which states that a Sultan can no longer be king if he is not viable to rule for a period of more than a year.[6] He took the regnal name Sultan Muhammad V.[7]

Sultan Muhammad V attended the 222nd Meeting of the Conference of Rulers for the first time as a full member in October 2010. This marked the recognition of his accession as Sultan by other rulers.[8]

Sultan Muhammad V is the Royal Artillery Regiment current Colonel-in-Chief, and also of the Kor Risik DiRaja (Royal Intelligence Corps), both of the Malaysian Army, as all his predecessors have been.

As per his duties as Sultan and head of the state of Kelantan, he serves currently as the Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK), and was proclaimed on 23 November 2022.[9]

Deputy Yang di-Pertuan AgongEdit

Sultan Muhammad V was elected Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong in October 2011. He served in that post from 13 December 2011 until his election as Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 13 December 2016.[10]

Yang di-Pertuan AgongEdit

Sultan Muhammad V was elected by the Conference of Rulers on 14 October 2016 to become the next Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the head of state of Malaysia. His reign began on 13 December 2016, taking over from Abdul Halim, the Sultan of Kedah.[11] Sultan Muhammad V was installed as the fifteenth Yang Di Pertuan Agong of Malaysia on 24 April 2017 in a ceremony held at the Istana Negara, Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur. At 47, Sultan Muhammad V was the fourth youngest Yang di-Pertuan Agong to be elected, after Tuanku Syed Putra of Perlis, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu and Tuanku Abdul Halim of Kedah.[12]

His younger brother, Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra, the Tengku Mahkota, served as Regent of Kelantan throughout Sultan Muhammad V's tenure as Yang di-Pertuan Agong.[13]

He was made an Honorary Fellow of his former College, St Cross College, Oxford on 28 February 2018.[14]

In an unprecedented move, Sultan Muhammad V became the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong to abdicate from the throne, effective 6 January 2019 while his term was to end on 12 December 2021.[3] This followed a leave of absence from his position follwing rumours that he had married a former Russian beauty queen.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

On 15 November 2004, Sultan Muhammad V (the then Tengku Mahkota) married Tengku Zubaidah binti Tengku Norudin bin Tengku Muda (née Kangsadal Pipitpakdee), a member of the Pattani royal family.[16] He divorced her in 2008, which resulted in her losing the privilege as Tengku Ampuan Mahkota of Kelantan.

He was the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong in Malaysian history to reign without a Raja Permaisuri Agong consort.[17]

On 30 October 2010, he married Che Puan Nur Diana Petra Abdullah (née Yana Yakubka) and proclaimed her as the Sultanah of Kelantan on 2 August 2022, with the style Her Highness Sultanah Nur Diana Petra Abdullah.[18]

In late November 2018, it was reported that while on leave from the country, Sultan Muhammad V had married former beauty pageant winner Oksana Voevodina in Barvikha, Russia.[19] However, the reported marriage in Moscow was in fact a party to enable Oksana Voevodina's friends and family to celebrate the couple's official Islamic wedding, which had taken place in private on the 7 June 2018, in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia, following Oksana's conversion to Islam in April 2018.[20] There is no official record of a marriage in Russia. Voevodina won the Miss Moscow title in 2015. Media reported the birth of their son Tengku Ismail Leon Petra ibni Sultan Muhammad V on 21 May 2019.[1][2] On 1 July 2019, Sultan Muhammad V divorced her by a "talak tiga" or talaq baayin that is the irrevocable divorce and most severe divorce in Islam, after filing of documents at the Singapore Syariah Court earlier on 22 June.[21] On 6 September he acknowledged that the marriage did take place.[22]

Titles and stylesEdit

Styles of
Muhammad V
Reference styleHis Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Royal Highness
Alternative styleTuanku

Sultan Muhammad V's full style and title is in Malay: Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Muhammad V, D.K., D.K.M., D.M.N., D.K. (Selangor), D.K. (Negeri Sembilan), D.K. (Johor), D.K. (Perak), D.K. (Perlis), D.K. (Kedah), D.K. (Terengganu), S.P.M.K., S.J.M.K., S.P.K.K., S.P.S.K., S.P.J.K., Al-Sultan Kelantan[23]

in English: His Royal Highness Sultan Muhammad V, D.K., D.K.M., D.M.N., D.K. (Selangor), D.K. (Negeri Sembilan), D.K. (Johor), D.K. (Perak), D.K. (Perlis), D.K. (Kedah), D.K. (Terengganu), S.P.M.K., S.J.M.K., S.P.K.K., S.P.S.K., S.P.J.K., Al-Sultan of Kelantan[23]

Awards and recognitionsEdit


He has been awarded:


As Sultan of Kelantan (since 13 September 2010):

Malaysia and its other statesEdit



Places named after himEdit

Several places were named after him, including:


  1. He has the shortest regnal name of all the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
  2. He is the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong to reign without a Raja Permaisuri Agong consort.
  3. He is the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong to abdicate from the throne, effective 6 January 2019 while his term was to end on 12 December 2021.



  1. ^ His birthday is on 6 October but his official birthday is on 29 & 30 September
  1. ^ a b "Sultan Muhammad V, ruler of Malaysia's Kelantan state, has baby boy with Russian wife Oksana Voevodina". South China Morning Post. 5 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b Rachel Genevieve Chia (6 June 2019). "Sultan Muhammad V's Russian wife gave birth to a baby boy – and she called the pregnancy 'the most difficult time of my life'". Business Insider. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Sadness, shock over Sultan Muhammad V's resignation as King". The Star Online. 7 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Sultan Muhammad V, the people's ruler". Mysinchew. Archived from the original on 5 October 2018. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Younger prince downplays talk of discord in Kelantan palace". The Star. 4 January 2010. Archived from the original on 20 January 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Tuanku Muhammad Faris Petra is new Sultan of Kelantan". Sin Chew Daily. 13 September 2010. Archived from the original on 16 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Sultan Muhammad V Official Name of New Kelantan Sultan". Bernama. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  8. ^ "Conference of Rulers welcomes Sultan Muhammad V". New Straits Times. Bernama. 14 October 2010. Archived from the original on 10 May 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  9. ^ Bernama (23 November 2022) [1] New Straits Times.
  10. ^ "Pejabat Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-Raja – Senarai Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong".
  11. ^ "Kelantan Sultan will be new King". The Star. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Youngest Ruler selected". The Star Online. 15 October 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Tengku Dr Muhammad Faiz Petra appointed as Regent of Kelantan". 8 December 2016.
  14. ^ a b "St Cross College Welcomes His Majesty Sultan Muhammad V". 27 February 2018. Archived from the original on 4 March 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Sultan Muhammad V steps down as Malaysia's king". The Guardian. Agence France-Presse. 6 January 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
  16. ^ "Proposal came as a surprise". 23 October 2004. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  17. ^ Aina Nasa (16 October 2016). "Having a consort not compulsory to become Yang di-Pertuan Agong, says expert". New Straits Times. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  18. ^ "Sultan Muhammad V proclaims Che Puan Nur Diana Petra as the Sultanah of Kelantan". The Star. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  19. ^ "Mahathir says can't confirm if Malaysian King has married, as widely reported on social media". The Straits Times. 30 November 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  20. ^ ""Malaysian king, who abdicated, 'expecting baby' with beauty queen wife"". The Week. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  21. ^ Syed Umar Ariff, Hana Naz Harun (17 July 2019). "Kelantan Sultan divorces Russian wife". New Straits Times. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  22. ^ "Malaysian palace slams posting of sultan's private photos on social media". South China Morning Post. 6 September 2019.
  23. ^ a b "Nama rasmi Yang di-Pertuan Agong".
  24. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang, dan Pingat Persekutuan".
Muhammad V of Kelantan
Kelantan Royal Family
Born: 1969
Regnal titles
Preceded by Sultan of Kelantan
Heir presumptive:
Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra
Preceded by Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Succeeded by