Group tries to claim Malaysia's throne

One for the album: Tourists taking photographs in front of Istana Negara.

KUALA LUMPUR - In a bizarre attempt to claim the country's throne, 10 people tried to enter Istana Negara in Jalan Duta, armed with nothing more than flags and self-produced documents declaring their leader as the "true heir" to the throne.

The group, all members of a cult known as Kumpulan Panji Hitam dari Timur Empayar Langkasuka Nusan­tara, gathered in front of the main entrance of the palace at around 4.10am yesterday.

City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ku Chin Wah said police were alerted shortly after they arrived in three cars.

"We arrested eight men and two women clad in black.

"They were taken to the Travers police station and remanded to assist in investigations," he said.

He said investigations revealed that the group came to the palace to "replace" the current Yang di-Pertuan Agong as they claimed that their leader was the true heir to the throne.

"We also seized three cars. There were no weapons in the vehicles, only 13 flags and watikah baiah (advice of authorisation) documents," SAC Ku said in a text message.

In one of the documents, one of the men claimed to be Tuanku Sultan Raja Merongmahawangsa II @ Sultan Kedah Asli @ Yang di-Pertuan Agong Malaysia Asli @ Raja Nusantara @ Raja Utusan Allah Akhiruzaman Fasa I and Pewaris Sah Empayar Langkasuka Panji Hitam dari Timur.

The original Merongmahawangsa, a descendant of Alexander the Great, is said to be the first king of the ancient Langkasuka kingdom, the precursor to the Kedah sultanate, the oldest sultanate in the country.

The self-proclaimed "rightful Yang di-Pertuan Agong", in one of his documents, also called for the formation of a three-million strong army of people aged between 16 and 30 to "set the stage for the return of AlMahdi". Imam Mahdi is the prophesied Muslim leader who will come just before the end of the world.

SAC Ku said the case was being investigated under Section 121B of the Penal Code for intending to depose the King and Section 9(5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 for failing to give notice of assembly to the police.

Sources said that three of the eight men in the group did not have legitimate documents while the rest came from Malacca, Perak, Kedah and Johor.

Palace guards said they had not received any special orders following the incident.

Last night, things were normal at the palace entrance with tourists gathering and taking photographs.

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