Azlan Shah of Perak
|Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah|
|Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia|
|Reign||26 April 1989 – 25 April 1994|
|Predecessor||Iskandar of Johor|
|Successor||Jaafar of Negeri Sembilan|
|Sultan of Perak|
|Reign||3 February 1984– 28 May 2014|
|Predecessor||Idris Shah II of Perak|
|Successor||Nazrin Shah of Perak|
|Issue||Nazrin Shah of Perak
Raja Dato’ Seri Azureen
Raja Dato’ Seri Ashman Shah
Raja Yong Sofia
|Father||Sultan Yusuff Izzuddin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Jalil Nasshirruddin al-Makhtarram karamatullah Shah|
|Mother||Toh Puan Dewangsa Khadijah binti Ahmad|
19 April 1928|
Batu Gajah, Perak, Federated Malay States, British Malaya
|Died||28 May 2014
National Heart Institute of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah, GCB, KStJ (19 April 1928 – 28 May 2014) was the ninth Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia from 26 April 1989 to 25 April 1994. The child of a royal father and commoner mother, he grew up in Perak, Malaysia. During school he played field hockey, subsequently playing for the Perak team. He trained to be a lawyer in the United Kingdom. Upon returning to Malaysia, he soon became a judge and quickly rose through the legal ranks. In 1965, he became the youngest person appointed to the High Court of Malaya, and in 1982 he became the youngest ever Lord President of the Federal Court, the country's highest judicial rank.
After his uncle died in 1984, Azlan Shah became the Sultan of Perak. He became the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (elected king) of Malaysia in 1989, serving a five year term before returning to his post as Sultan of Perak. In 2009, he exercised his royal authority to prevent the dissolution of the Perak parliament, sparking a constitutional crisis. Ultimately, the legal system ruled Sultan Azlan had acted properly.
During his career, Sultan Azlan Shah was awarded more than 3 dozen Malaysian and foreign honors. Dozens of buildings and other projects were named after him, including a genus of insects. He was known as the "Father of Malaysian Hockey" for furthering field hockey at home and abroad, and was the patron of dozens of organizations. With his wife Tuanku Bainun Binti Mohd Ali, Sultan Azlan had five children.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Legal career
- 3 Becoming Sultan
- 4 Perak constitutional crisis
- 5 Social contributions
- 6 Royal family
- 7 Personal life
- 8 Death
- 9 Literature
- 10 Honours
- 11 Legacy
- 12 References
Early life and education
Raja Azlan Shah was born on 19 April 1928 in Batu Gajah, Perak. A child of Sultan Yusuf Izzuddin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Jalil Nasshirruddin al-Makhtarram karamatullah Shah (reigned 1948–1963) by his commoner wife Toh Puan Dewangsa Khadijah binti Ahmad, he was brought up by his mother outside royal circles.
Raja Azlan Shah began his education at the Government English School, Batu Gajah (since renamed Sultan Yussuf School Batu Gajah). For his secondary education, he attended Malay College, Kuala Kangsar. Afterwards, he went to the University of Nottingham to study law, earning a Bachelor of Law degree in 1953. While in school, Azlan Shah began his lifelong love for field hockey, playing for his school teams. He subsequently played for the Perak team.
Raja Azlan Shah was admitted to the English Bar on 23 November 1954. He returned to Malaysia, becoming the Assistant State Secretary of Perak. He joined the Judicial and Legal Service of the Federation of Malaya and soon became the President of the Sessions Court. He continued rise quickly through the legal ranks, serving as Federal Counsel and Deputy Public Prosecutor, Legal Adviser of the State of Pahang, Registrar of the High Court of Malaya, and Chief Registrar of the Federal Court of Malaysia.
In 1965, Raja Azlan Shah, aged 37, became the youngest judge ever appointed to the High Court of Malaya. He was appointed to the Federal Court in 1973. In 1979, he was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Malaya. Finally, on 12 November 1982 he became the youngest ever Lord President of the Federal Court, the highest judicial post in Malaysia.
Raja Azlan Shah was installed Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Perak by his uncle, Sultan Idris Almutawakkil Alallahi Shah II on 1 July 1983. During, the long reign of Idris Shah most of Raja Azlan Shah's elder brothers had died. His only surviving elder brother, Raja Baharom Shah, refused the office of Crown Prince and Raja Azlan Shah was suddenly heir to the throne.
Within six months, Sultan Idris died and Azlan Shah succeeded to the throne of Perak on 3 February 1984. He was official installed as the 34th Sultan of Perak on 9 December 1985. In April 1989, Sultan Azlan Shah became the ninth Yang di-Pertuan Agong (elected king) of Malaysia. After the five year term, he returned to his post as Sultan of Perak in 1994.
Perak constitutional crisis
In 2009, the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) political group held a narrow majority in the Perak state assembly with 32 of the 59 seats. Three members of the party decided to leave, and allied themselves with the rival BN coalition. PR leader Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin requested to dissolve the parliament. Sultan Azlan refused the request, citing royal discretion, and instead demanded Mohammad Nizar and the rest of the leadership resign their posts to make way for BN leaders.
The decision was challenged and the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled that the Sultan was not constitutionally permitted to dismiss the menteri besar. However, upon appeal, the decision was reversed by the Court of Appeal which rules that the Perak State Constitution gives absolute discretionary power for the Sultan to dissolve the State Legislative Assembly. The Court also directed Nizar to resign. The decision was subsequently upheld unanimously by the five-man Bench of Federal Court in February 2010.
Sultan Azlan was the Pro-Chancellor of the University Science of Malaysia from October 1971 to February 1981 and the Chancellor of the University of Malaya from February 1983 until his death. He also served the Chairman of the Higher Education Advisory Council from 1974 to 1976. The University of Malaya awarded him an honorary doctorate in June 1979 and the University Science of Malaysia awarded him one the following June.
Sultan Azlan was recognised by several foreign universities, including:
- University of Nottingham, Honorary Doctor of Law, July 1986
- Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, "Honorary Bencher", 1988
- Universitas Gajah Mada, Jogjakarta, Indonesia, Honorary Doctor of Law, 28 September 1990
- Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Honorary Doctor of Law, 30 October 1990
- Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, Honorary Doctor of Law, 19 December 1990.
- Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Honorary Fellow, 2 October 1991
- Royal College of Surgeons of England, Honorary Fellow, 1999.
Sultan Azlan was an avid supporter of field hockey throughout his life. Due to his significant contributions to the sport, he was known as the "Father of Malaysian Hockey." Azlan was President of the Malaysian Hockey Federation until 2005, and was the elected President of the Asian Hockey Federation from 1997 until his death. He was an Executive Board member of FIH (International Hockey Federation), serving as vice president for two terms starting in 1992.
Sultan Azlan was a patron of the following institutions:
- The Academy of Medicine of Malaysia
- The British Graduates Association of Malaysia
- The Iskandar Polo Club
- The Kuala Kangsar Golf Club
- The Lions Clubs
- The Malaysian Law Society in Great Britain and Éire
- The Malaysian Nature Society
- The Perak Veteran Hockey Association.
- The Rotary Clubs
- The Royal Ipoh Club and The Royal Perak Golf Club
Sultan Azlan Shah married Bainun Binti Mohd Ali. She is styled as Her Royal Highness The Raja Permaisuri (Queen) of Perak, Tuanku Bainun Binti Mohd. Ali, D.K., D.M.N.. The couple had five children, two princes and three princesses. The eldest is Raja Nazrin Shah, who is also Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Perak. The others are Raja Dato’ Seri Azureen, Raja Dato’ Seri Ashman Shah, Raja Eleena and Raja Yong Sofia. Raja Ashman Shah died on March 30, 2012 of asthma.
|Ancestors of Azlan Shah of Perak|
Sultan Azlan enjoyed golfing in his spare time.
Sultan Azlan Shah died on 28 May 2014 at 1:38 pm at the National Heart Institute, Kuala Lumpur at age 86. He was posthumously titled as Marhum Al Maghfullah and was laid to rest at the Al-Ghufran Royal Mausoleum near Ubudiah Mosque, Kuala Kangsar after Asr prayers on 29 May, and the proclamation of a new Sultan was announced on the 29 May. Upon his death, a public holiday was announced in the state of Perak for 29 May so that the population could pay their last respects to him at Kuala Kangsar. Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir announced that the Malaysian flag would fly at half-mast for 7 days, and the Perak flag for 100 days. In addition, "all entertainment and celebrations" were cancelled to show respect for the Sultan. He is survived by his wife Tuanku Bainun, and his four children Raja Azureen, Raja Eleena, Nazrin Shah of Perak. Raja Yong Sofia, their other son Raja Ashman Shah died in 2012 of asthma.
- Sinnadurai, Visu (1988). His Majesty Sultan Azlan Shah: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong IX Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur: The Supreme Court Journal. ISSN 0128-066X. (Special issue of the Supreme Court Journal to commemorate the installation of His Majesty Sultan Azlan Shah as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong IX Malaysia)
- Recipient of the Royal Family Order of Perak (DK, since 3 February 1984)
- Founding Grand Master of the Perak Family Order of Sultan Azlan Shah (2000)
- Founding Grand Master of the Azlanii Royal Family Order (2010)
- Grand Knight (or Datuk Sri, SPCM) and Grand Master (since 1984) of the Order of the Cura Si Manja Kini (Perak Sword of State, SPCM)
- Knight Grand Commander and Grand Master (since 1984) of the Order of the Taming Sari (Perak State Kris, SPTS)
- Knight Grand Commander (or Datuk Sri Paduka) and Grand Master (since 1984) of the Order of the Perak State Crown (SPMP)
- Recipient of the Order of the Royal House of Malaysia (D.K.M.)
- Recipient of the Order of the Crown of the Realm (D.M.N.)
- Knight Commander of the Order of the Defender of the Realm (PMN)
- Commander (PSM, 07/06/1972), Grand Commander (SSM, 1983) and Grand Master (1989–1994) of the Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia
- Grand Master (1989–1994) of the Order of Merit of Malaysia
- Grand Master(1989–1994) of the Order of the Royal Household of Malaysia
- Johor :
- Kedah :
- Kelantan :
- Negeri Sembilan :
- Pahang :
- Perlis :
- Recipient of the Perlis Family Order of the Gallant Prince Syed Putra Jamalullail (DK)
- Selangor :
- Terengganu :
- Austria : Grand Star of the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria (08/04/1992)
- Brunei : Royal Family Order of the Crown of Brunei (DKMB)
- Chile : Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of the Merit of Chile (1992)
- Germany : Grand Cross Special Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (07/09/1992)
- Indonesia : Star of the Republic of Indonesia, 1st Class (09/1990)
- Japan : Collar of the Order of the Chrysanthemum (30/09/1991)
- Jordan : Collar of the Order of al-Hussein bin Ali 
- Oman : Collar of the Civil Order of Oman, 1st Class (04/12/1991)
- Saudi Arabia : Collar of Badr Chain (7.12.1991)
- South Korea : Grand Order of Mugunghwa (or Supreme Order of Hibiscus)
- Sudan : Collar of the Order of Honor of the Sudan (06/06/1991)
- United Kingdom :
- Thailand : Collar of the Order of the Rajamitrabhorn (09/1990)
At the 1982 Perak Domestic Tourism Exposition, the orchid that won the best plant award was named after Azlan Shah, "Doritinopsis Sultan Azlan Shah". The Azlania genus of insect was named in honor of him by the The Malaysia Nature Society.
Several building projects and institutions were named after the Sultan, including:
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultan Azlan Shah, Lenggong, Perak
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama Sultan Azlan Shah, Seri Iskandar, Perak
- Sekolah Menengah Sains Raja Tun Azlan Shah, Taiping, Perak
- Kolej Universiti Islam Sultan Azlan Shah, Kuala Kangsar, Perak
- Kolej Sains Kesihatan Bersekutu Sultan Azlan Shah, Ulu Kinta, Perak
- Kampus Sultan Azlan Shah, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Proton City, Tanjung Malim, Perak
- Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah, Behrang, Perak
- Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah, a royal gallery in Kuala Kangsar, Perak
- Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, Ipoh, Perak
- Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Stadium, Ipoh, Perak
- Sultan Azlan Shah Building, a Chancellery of the Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
- Sultan Azlan Shah Mosque, a mosque in Ipoh, Perak
- Muhibbuddin Shah Mosque, a mosque in Ipoh, Perak
- Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, a major roads in Ipoh and George Town, Penang.
- Sultan Azlan Shah Bridge a bridge at the North-South Expressway Northern Route
- Taman Rekreasi Sultan Azlan Shah (formerly Taman Polo), a recreational area in Ipoh, Perak
- Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, an international hockey tournament
- "Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak dies, aged 86". The Nation. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
- "His Royal Highess Sultan Perak Darul Ridzuan". Official Website Pejabat D.Y.M.M. Sultan Perak Darul Ridzuan. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
- "Hockey pioneer Sultan Azlan Shah dies aged 86". Firstpost. PTI. May 28, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
- "Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak dies, aged 86". The Malay Mail. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
- "Asian Hockey Federation :: About Us". Asiahockey. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
- "International Hockey Federation : Executive Board". Fih.ch. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
- "New Sultan of Perak to be proclaimed tomorrow". The Star. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
- "Dreamwater Free Web Space". 4dw.net. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
- Royal Ark, Perak genealogy details p.16
- List of Malay rulers (as of January 2013) with details of orders
Iskandar of Johor
(Sultan of Johor)
|Yang di-Pertuan Agong
(King of Malaysia)
(Yang di-Pertuan Besar
of Negeri Sembilan)
Sultan Idris Al-Mutawakkil Alallahi Shah II
|Sultan of Perak
Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah