Tuanku Bahiyah

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Tuanku Bahiyah
Raja Permaisuri Agong (Queen of Malaysia) and Sultanah of Kedah
Born (1930-08-24)August 24, 1930
Birthplace Seri Menanti, Negeri Sembilan
Died August 26, 2003(2003-08-26) (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 ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman (August 24, 1930 – August 26, 2003) was the Sultanah of Kedah (1959–2003) and served as the fifth Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia from 1970 to 1975.

Early life[edit]

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.

Marriage[edit]

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).

Becoming Queen[edit]

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.

Social contributions[edit]

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[edit]

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.

The general hospital in Alor Setar which is also the main referral and tertiary health centre in Northern Peninsular Malaysia was renamed in her honour to Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah.

Death[edit]

Tuanku Bahiyah died of cancer on August 26, 2003.[1] She was buried at the Kedah Royal Mausoleum in Langgar.

Honours[edit]

See also List of honours of the Kedah Royal Family by country

She has been awarded:[2]

Honours of Kedah[edit]

Honours of Malaysia[edit]

Foreign Honours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Royal News — August 2003". Retrieved 2006-09-04. 
  2. ^ The Royal Ark, Kedah genealogical details, p11
  3. ^ Badraie

External links[edit]

Regnal titles
Preceded by
Tengku Intan Zaharah
(Tengku Ampuan Besar of Terengganu)
Raja Permaisuri Agong
(Queen of Malaysia)
Succeeded by
Tengku Zainab
(Raja Perempuan of Kelantan)