The new Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan will be elected among “Putera Yang Empat” (the Four Princes), said specialist consultant on Adat Pepatih custom Datuk Seri Maharaja Khalid Bonget.

The four princes are the Tunku Besar of Seri Menanti Tunku Mukhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir, Tunku Laxamana Tunku Naquiyuddin Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar, Tunku Muda of Serting Tunku Imran Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar and Tuanku Panglima Besar Tunku Nazaruddin Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar.

“The election process involves Undang Yang Empat (the four Undangs),” said the 69-year-old Khalid whose official title is Tiang Kerajaan to the Yang Dipertuan Besar.

He said the Datuk-Datuk Lembaga Yang Empat of Luak Ulu Muar — Datuk Paduka Besar, Datuk Seri Maharaja, Datuk Senara Muda and Datuk Orang Kaya Bongsu — had informed the four Undangs and the Tunku Besar of Tampin on the demise of Tuanku Ja’afar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

“The four Undangs and the Tunku Besar of Tampin will then pay their respects to the late ruler. After that, they will hold a conference behind closed doors to elect the new Yang Dipertuan Besar,” he said.

The conference was scheduled to be held at 3pm at Istana Besar Seri Menanti and Tuanku Ja’afar’s successor is expected to be announced later today or before the funeral tomorrow.