Semalam Tuanku Besar Seri Menanti, Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir dimasyhurkan sebagai Yang Dipertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan yang ke-11 berikutan kemangkatan Almarhum Tuanku Jaafar. http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2008&dt=1229&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Terkini&pg=bt_08.htm
Tuanku Muhriz merupakan satu-satunya putera kepada Yang Dipertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Munawir Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman (1960-1967).
Mengikut laporan Bernama, Tuanku Muhriz merupakan calon Yang Dipertuan Besar bagi menggantikan ayahandanya selain Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar dan Tuanku Abdullah, namun baginda tidak dipilih atas alasan usia yang terlalu muda ketika itu iaitu 18 tahun.
Sebelum Tuanku Muhriz dimasyhurkan, Bernama juga melaporkan terdapat empat calon Yang DiPertuan Negeri Sembilan termasuk Tuanku Muhriz. Tiga yang lain ialah Tunku Laxamana Tunku Naquiyuddin Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar, Tunku Muda Serting Tunku Imran Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar dan Tuanku Panglima Besar Tunku Nadzaruddin Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar. Ketiga-tiga ialah Putera Almarhum Tuanku Jaafar.
Mengapa Tuanku Muhriz terpilih? Malaysian Insider mempunyai teorinya sendiri. Berikut ialah laporan Malaysian Insider Ahad lepas:
DEC 29 — Suave, charming and debonair, Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanku Ja'afar had been for years one of Malaysia's most well-known member of royalty, and was widely expected to succeed his father as the Ruler of Negri Sembilan.
Known for his charitable activities, he was also a keen sportsman and a top corporate figure popular with the public, making him an ideal candidate to be the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan.
But perhaps the spate of bad publicity his family endured in recent times eventually hurt his chances as he was ultimately bypassed today when the four Undangs, or territorial chiefs, of the state instead chose his cousin Tunku Muhriz to ascend to the throne.
The four chiefs, who have the ultimate say in deciding who gets to become the state's Ruler, had deliberated over the candidates in the past 24 hours amid intense speculation.
And the string of bad news in recent times surrounding the late Tuanku Ja'afar's family would not have escaped them.
In October, a grand-nephew of Tuanku Ja'afar was reportedly involved in a nightclub brawl with a member of the Johor royal family, in an incident which greatly embarrassed both royal households.
Tuanku Ja'afar also made the news for all the wrong reasons in the same month when he became the first ever member of royalty to be involved in a trial in the Special Court.
The Special Court, set up in the 1990s to hear cases involving royalty after royal immunity was removed by a constitutional amendment, ruled against Tuanku Ja'afar in a dispute with Standard Chartered Bank.
He was ordered to pay nearly US$1 million (RM3.6 million) to honour his commitment in a letter of credit over a business deal.
In a speech last month, Tunku Naquiyuddin subsequently made a call for royal immunity to be restored.
He argued the restoration of immunity would enable the constitutional monarchy to play a more fitting role in the 21st century as guardians of the Federal Constitution.
His remarks did not get the support of the other Malay Rulers, perhaps because it had come so soon after his father's court case.
Last month, his brother Tunku Imran's business dealings also ended up dragging the family's name through the mud.
Tunku Imran resigned as director and chairman of the Petra group of companies, which are controlled by his long-time friend and business partner Datuk Vinod Sekhar.
The public falling-out with his partner came following a lawsuit filed in the United States against the group and Tunku Imran by Hollywood film star Bruce Willis over a 'green rubber' project.
Tunku Imran's parting shot to his old friend was that 'enough is enough”.
In the end, that may not have been enough for Tunku Naquiyuddin to succeed his father.