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Raja Chulan was born on 1 July 1869 at Tanjung, Brambong. He was the son of Sultan Abdullah Muhammad Shah II Ibni Almarhum Sultan Jaafar Safiuddin Muadzam Shah Waliullah.
Having obtained his education from the Malacca High School and the Malay College Kuala Kangsar, he joined with the British, as well as with the Sultans of Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang to form a federation, dubbed the Federated Malay States, on 1 July 1896, the nucleus around which the present-day Malaysia was eventually created.
He later became a member of the Federal Law Committee in 1924. Raja Chulan had also urged the British to improve the Malay people's economic standing and their access to employment in the civil service.
- Misa Melayu; edited by R. O. Winstedt. Singapore: Methodist Publishing House, 1919 (reissued in 1966 by Pustaka Antara, Kuala Lumpur).
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