After nearly half century, a new King was installed in Sintang in W.Kalimantan (Borneo).
The last Panembahan was deposed by the Dutch East-Indish Government in 1946 , because of to fanatic nationalist thinking and acting. Then the son of the in 1944 by the Japanase murdered Panembahan (like all the other monarchs of West-Borneo) was the eligible person. A ruling council was installed. The eligible person to become the new Panembahan (minor in 1946) later became chief of the Panembahan family. He died some years ago.Then a grandson of a much praised Regent-Panembahan was dynastychief.His son wanted to become the new dynastychief after the death of the royal chief in december 2003,but most of the dynasty wanted to go back to the main line,although the regent-branch lived in one of the 2 palaces(the other palace was made a royal museum).The younger brother(lives in Pontianak part of the time);the candidate to become new Panembahan;already lived much as such and was installed on 26-9-2005 as new King:so Raden Muhammad Ikhsani Ismail Tsjafioedin(with his wife Ratu Maria Ulfah) was installed with much ceremony as Pangeran Ratu Sri Kesuma Negara V .
The Kings of Sambas,Landak and Pontianak as well as Royal delegations from Sanggau and Sekadau(all from West-Borneo)were attending the installation.
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The new King is known for his big interest in the history and culture(inclusive the royal one)of Sintang.