Abu Bakar of Pahang

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Abu Bakar
أبو بكر
Sultan of Pahang
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Sultan of Pahang
Reign 24 June 1932 - 7 May 1974
Predecessor Abdullah al-Mu'tassim Billah
Successor Sultan Ahmad Shah
Born (1904-05-29)29 May 1904
Istana Hinggap, Pekan, Pahang, Federated Malay States, British Malaya
Died 7 May 1974(1974-05-07) (aged 69)
House Bendahara
Father Abdullah al-Mu'tassim Billah
Mother Tunku Kalsum Binti Tunku Abdullah
Religion Sunni Islam

Sultan Abu Bakar Riayatuddin Al-Muadzam Shah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Abdullah Al-Mutasim Billah Shah GCMG (29 May 1904 – 7 May 1974), was the fourth Sultan of modern Pahang.

Personal information[edit]

Born at Istana Hinggap, Pekan, he was the second son of Sultan Abdullah Al-Mutassim Billah Shah by his wife, Che Kalsom binti Tun Abdullah.

Succeeding his father in 1932, he quickly became known as a friendly and approachable ruler by his subjects. During the Japanese occupation of Malaya, he discreetly encouraged resistance movements such as the Askar Wataniah, Force 136 and the MPAJA.

However, due to his penchant for marrying commoners, including several popular actresses and singers, he was less popular with other Malay rulers and they declined five times to choose him as Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.


He died on 7 May 1974 and was succeeded by his son Sultan Ahmad Shah.


Honours of Pahang[edit]

Honour of Malaya[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]


Preceded by
Sultan Abdullah Al-Mutassim Billah Shah
Sultan of Pahang
Succeeded by
Sultan Ahmad Shah