Muhammad V of Kelantan

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Muhammad V
Sultan of Kelantan
Reign since 13 September 2010
Predecessor Sultan Ismail Petra
Spouse Tengku Zubaidah Tengku Norudin (divorced)
House Kelantan
Father Sultan Ismail Petra
Mother Tengku Anis Tengku Abdul Hamid
Born (1969-10-06) 6 October 1969 (age 45)
Kota Bharu, Kelantan

Muhammad V (previously known as Tuanku Muhammad Faris Petra; born 6 October 1969) is the Sultan of the Malaysian state of Kelantan. He was proclaimed Ruler in September 2010, succeeding his father, Sultan Ismail Petra, who is considered incapacitated by illness.[1]

Early life and regency[edit]

Born Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra ibni Sultan Ismail Petra in Kota Bharu, he was made Crown Prince (Tengku Mahkota) in October 1985.

Succession crisis[edit]

In May 2009, his father, Sultan Ismail Petra, suffered a major stroke. Sultan Ismail Petra was admitted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore and Faris was appointed Regent on 25 May in the Sultan's absence.[2] On 16 September 2010, Faris dismissed his younger brother, the Tengku Temenggong of Kelantan, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra, from the Succession Council, which has the power to determine succession to the throne should the Sultan be permanently incapacitated.[2]

Fakhry filed an application at the High Court challenging his dismissal in December,[3] and issued a letter to the state secretary purportedly from the Sultan reversing all actions and decisions made by the Regent, Faris.[2] In January 2010, the High Court rejected Fakhry's application.[4]

In another twist, Sultan Ismail Petra's private secretary "declared" Succession Council chairman Tengku Abdul Aziz Tengku Mohd Hamzah as Regent. The appointment was challenged by Faris in court.[5]


On 13 September 2010, Muhammad Faris Petra was proclaimed the 29th Sultan of Kelantan, in accordance with the State Constitution.[1] He took the regnal name Muhammad V.[6] However, his father, Sultan Ismail Petra, has petitioned the Federal Court to declare his appointment unconstitutional.[7] Sultan Ismail Petra is still recovering from the stroke he suffered in 2009.[8]

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.[9]

He was elected Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong in October 2011, and will begin his term on 13 December 2011.[10]


He married Tengku Zubaidah Tengku Norudin or Kangsadal Pipitpakdee (Thai: กังสดาล พิพิธภักดี; RTGS: Kangsadan Phiphitphakdi), a member of the Pattani Royal Family and the daughter of a former Thai member of parliament from the province of Pattani, in November 2004. Kangsadal graduated from Mahidol University before working in an insurance company in Bangkok.[11] The wedding was attended by the Queen of Thailand, Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak and Thai Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai.[12] Kangsadal was known as Tengku Zubaidah Tengku Norudin after the marriage, which ended in divorce. They did not have any children.[13]


See also List of honours of the Kelantan Royal Family by country

He has been awarded :[14][15]

Honours of Kelantan[edit]

As Sultan of Kelantan (since 13 September 2010) :

Honours of Malaysia[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Tuanku Muhammad Faris Petra is new Sultan of Kelantan". Sin Chew Daily. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Younger prince downplays talk of discord in Kelantan palace". The Star. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Kelantan royal 'tussle': Prince to know Friday". The Star. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tengku Fakhry loses case against Regent". The Star. 30 January 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Tengku Faris files to declare Regent's appointment invalid". The Star. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sultan Muhammad V Official Name of New Kelantan Sultan". Bernama. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Proclamation Of Tuanku Muhammad Faris Petra As Sultan Unconstitutional, Says Former Sultan". Bernama. 20 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  8. ^ A. Letchumanan (21 September 2010). "Kelantan’s Tuanku Ismail wants court to declare him rightful Sultan". The Star. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Conference of Rulers welcomes Sultan Muhammad V". New Straits Times. Bernama. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Kedah Sultan To Be Next King, For The Second Time". Bernama. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Kelantan abuzz with talk of royal wedding". The Star. 22 October 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Last single Malaysian crown prince gets hitched". Taipei Times. Associated Press. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Marriage on the cards for Sultan Kelantan". New Straits Times. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  14. ^ The Royal Ark, Kelantan genealogical details, p.8
  15. ^ List of decorations as of June 2012.
Muhammad V of Kelantan
Kelantan Royal Family
Born: 1969
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Sultan Ismail Petra
Sultan of Kelantan
2010 – present
Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra