Malaysia King is a 'walking encyclopaedia', says chief minister

Malaysia King is a 'walking encyclopaedia', says chief minister
The 15th king of Malaysia, Sultan Muhammad V.

MALACCA - Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V is a "walking encyclopaedia," said Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron.

Speaking of the King's three-day visit to Malacca, Idris said that he felt that he had to listen closely to gain knowledge on certain subjects.

"We spoke in the Queen's English throughout the three days and I could gain a lot of knowledge from the King, so I took the opportunity to get answers on certain topics," said Idris.

Speaking after chairing the state's weekly exco meeting at Seri Negeri here on Wednesday, Idris added that the King's command of English is impeccable.

He added that his conversations with the King covered various topics including engineering, medicine, aeronautics, maritime issues and culture.

"His Majesty gave me a tour on various types of aircraft and the velocity of boats and their ability to cruise in the Malacca River based on their model and engine capacity," said Idris.

He added that he learned from the King about how whales communicate in the deep ocean and about various species of marine creatures.

Idris also said that he felt nervous as it was the first time he was hosting royalty in Malacca.

"At the end of the day, I enjoyed every moment with the King, who is not only young and vibrant but has vast knowledge and immaculate English grammar," said Idris.

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