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|Raja Permaisuri Agong (Queen of Malaysia) and Sultanah of Kedah|
|Born||August 24, 1930|
|Birthplace||Seri Menanti, Negeri Sembilan|
|Died||August 26, 2003(aged 73)|
|Successor||Sultanah Haminah Hamidun|
|Consort to||Tuanku Al-Mutassimu Billahi Muhibbudin Sultan Abdul Halim Al-Muadzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah|
|Issue||HRH Dato’ Seri Tunku Intan Shafinaz, HRH Dato’ Seri Tunku Soraya and HRH Tunku Sarina|
|Royal house||Negeri Sembilan|
|Father||Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad|
|Mother||Tunku Kurshiah binti Almarhum Tunku Besar Burhanuddin|
Tuanku Bahiyah was born on August 24, 1930 in Seri Menanti, Negeri Sembilan. She was the eldest daughter of Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad and Tunku Kurshiah binti Almarhum Tunku Besar Burhanuddin, the Yang di-Pertuan Besar and the Tunku Ampuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, who were then elected the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia.
She received her education at a Malay School in Seri Menanti and the Seremban Convent School. She later furthered her studies in United Kingdom and received a degree in Social Science from University of Nottingham.
Tuanku Bahiyah married Tuanku Al-Mutassimu Billahi Muhibbudin Sultan Abdul Halim Al-Muadzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah of Kedah in 1956.
The royal couple had three daughters; two of whom are twins. They are Dato’ Seri Tunku Intan Shafinaz, Dato’ Seri Tunku Soraya and Tunku Sarina (died on 31 August 1991).
In 1958, Tuanku Abdul Halim became Sultan of Kedah. Tunku Bahiyah was installed the Sultanah of Kedah with his ascension to the throne.
From 1970, she served her five-year term as Raja Permaisuri Agong or Queen of Malaysia when Tuanku Abdul Halim became the fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Tuanku Hajah Bahiyah was the patron of various organizations such as:
- Kedah Orchid Association
- Blood Donors Association of Malaysia
- Family Planning Association of Kedah
- Children’s Welfare Organization of Kedah
- Islamic Women’s Welfare Organization of Kedah
- Lioness Club of Kedah
- Netball Association of Kedah
- Women’s Association of Universiti Utara Malaysia (SUTRANITA)
- Nottingham Graduates Association
- Ex-Servicemen Widows and Wives Association (BAKIABAH)
- Kedah Association for the Disabled
- Kedah Thalassaemia Association
- Association of Sultanah Bahiyah Secondary School Students
Awards and Recognition
Tuanku Bahiyah was conferred various awards, both locally and abroad. In 1970, Emperor Hiroto of Japan awarded her the First Class Order of Sacred Treasure. Later in the same year, President Suharto of Indonesia awarded her the First Class Order of Bintang Maha Putera.
Tuanku Bahiyah was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education by the University of Malaya where she served as the Chancellor from 1972 until 1986.
She has been awarded:
Honours of Kedah
- Member of the Royal Family Order of Kedah (DK, 29.2.1964)
- Member of the Halimi Family Order of Kedah (DKH, 1.1976),
- Knight Grand Commander of the Exalted Order of the Crown of Kedah (SPMK, 19.2.1971)
Honours of Malaysia
- Malaysia :
- Kelantan : Recipient of the Royal Family Order or Star of Yunus (DK)
- Negeri Sembilan : Member of the Royal Family Order of Negeri Sembilan (DKNS, 8.1996)
- Indonesia : 1st Class of the Star of Mahaputera (Bintang Mahaputera Adipurna) (16.3.1970)
- Imperial State of Iran :
- 1st class of the Order of the Pleiades (1974)
- Commemorative Medal of the 2500th Anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire (14.10.1971).
- Japan : Dame Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure (29.2.1970)
- Thailand : Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Chula Chom Klao (1973)
- "Royal News — August 2003". Retrieved 2006-09-04.
- The Royal Ark, Kedah genealogical details, p11
- "Former Malaysian Queen dies at 72". Asian Political News. September 2, 2003. Retrieved 2006-09-04. Retrieved from FindArticles.com.
- "Raja Permaisuri Agong V:Tuanku Hajah Bahiyah binti Al-Marhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman". His Majesty and Her Majesty. Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia on MalaysianMonarchy.org. 2003. Retrieved 2006-09-04.[dead link]
- Tuanku Bahiyah Residential College official site
Tengku Intan Zaharah
(Tengku Ampuan Besar of Terengganu)
|Raja Permaisuri Agong
(Queen of Malaysia)
(Raja Perempuan of Kelantan)