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Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal
The Fifth Schedule of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia provides that:
“Section 3. The Conference of Rulers shall have a Rulers’ Seal, which shall be kept in the custody of a person appointed by the Conference.
“Section 4. The person appointed under Section 3 shall be known as the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, shall act as Secretary to the Conference of Rulers and shall hold his office at the pleasure of the Council.
“Section 6. The Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal shall convene the Conference of Rulers whenever required to do so by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or by not less than three members of the Conference and, without being so required, not later than four weeks before the expiry of the term of office of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and whenever a vacancy occurs in that office or in the office of the Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong.””
The title, Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, originates from Britain where it has been used since more than 600 years ago, traversing from faraway England to Malaysia via India. The person bearing this title is known by this name as he is charged with the custody of the Rulers’ Seal. Not many people are aware of his duties. The Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal is the secretary to the Conference of Rulers (Section 4 of the Fifth Schedule of the Federal Constitution).