tunku-mukhrizThe new Yang DiPertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan succeeding Tuanku Ja’afar Tuanku Abdul Rahman who passed away on Saturday is Tunku Mukhriz Tuanku Munawir, 59.

The proclamation ceremony which was live telecast over national TV station Radio Televisyen Malaysia on Monday was held at the Balairong Seri, Istana Besar Seri Menanti.

Tunku Mukhriz Tuanku Munawir is the 11th Yang DiPertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan. His proclamation ceremony was conducted by Undang Luak Sungai Ujong Datuk Klana Petra Datuk Mubarak Dohak.

His appointment as the new Negri Sembilan Ruler put to rest speculation that he would be bypassed again by his cousin Tunku Naquiyuddin, the eldest son of Tuanku Ja’afar Tuanku Abdul Rahman, who passed away on Saturday.

In recent years, it had been widely expected that Tunku Naquiyuddin would succeed his father. Tunku Naquiyuddin had even been named acting Ruler in his father’s absence in recent years, lending weight to speculation that he would be the next Yang di-Pertuan Besar.

But today, as Tuanku Ja’afar was being laid to rest, the four Undangs, or territorial chiefs, who have the ultimate power to decide on succession, chose instead to vote in his cousin said Malaysia Insider.

Born on Jan 14 1948, Tuanku Muhriz received his early education at Sekolah Menengah King George V, Seremban and continued at the Aldenhem School, United Kingdom.

Tuanku Muhriz obtained his LLB from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom.

Tuanku Muhriz, is the only son out of six siblings of the late Tuanku Munawir Tuanku Abdul Rahman with his consort Tunku Ampuan Durah Binti Tuanku Besar Burhanuddin.

Tuanku Muhriz is married to Tengku Datuk Aishah Rohani Tengku Besar Mahmud of Terengganu and they have three children, Tunku Ali Redhauddin Muhriz, 31, Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin Muhriz, 26, and Tunku Alif Hussein Saifuddin Al-Amin, 23.

In 1967, Tuanku Ja’afar, who was Tuanku Muhriz’s uncle, was elected by the Undangs as the 10th Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan over him due to his youth after his father Tuanku Munawir Tuanku Abdul Rahman passed away.

Tuanku Muhriz is a businessman and a director of Bangkok Bank.