Muhriz of Negeri Sembilan

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Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan
Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan
Reign29 December 2008 – present
Installation26 October 2009
PredecessorTuanku Ja'afar
Born (1948-01-14) 14 January 1948 (age 72)
Kuala Pilah
ConsortTuanku Aishah Rohani binti Almarhum Tengku Besar Mahmud
IssueTunku Ali Redhauddin
Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin
Tunku Alif Hussein
Full name
Tunku Muhriz ibni Tunku Munawir
Regnal name
Tuanku Muhriz ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir
FatherTuanku Munawir ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman
MotherTunku Ampuan Durah binti Tunku Besar Burhanuddin
ReligionSunni Islam

Tuanku Muhriz ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir (born 14 January 1948) is the eleventh Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

Early life[edit]

Tunku Muhriz is the only son out of six children of the late Tuanku Munawir ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman, the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan from 1960 to 1967, and of his consort, Tunku Ampuan Durah binti Almarhum Tunku Besar Burhanuddin.

Born in 1948, Tunku Muhriz received his early education at the Tuanku Muhammad and Tunku Besar Schools in Tampin, the King George V School in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan and later at the Aldenham School in the United Kingdom.

Tunku Muhriz obtained a degree in law (LLB) from the University College of Wales at Aberystwyth (later known as the University of Wales, Aberystwyth).

He began his career in an international bank in Malaysia and became a director and shareholder of a company licensed as brokers in interbank foreign exchange and in the currency deposits market(1973–1986). He was the chairman and shareholder of a Malaysian joint venture with a worldwide advertising agency (1981–1992), chairman and director of a joint venture company involved in the manufacturing of building products(1995–1998) and a director and shareholder of a company engaged in electrical engineering and construction (1995 to present). He has been on the board of directors of Bangkok Bank since 2006.

Tunku Besar[edit]

Tuanku Muhriz was made Tunku Besar, or heir presumptive in 1960. However, he was bypassed by the Council of Undangs to become Yang di-Pertuan Besar when his father died in 1967 for his uncle, Tuanku Jaafar. Tuanku Jaafar was elected by the Undangs as the 10th Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan.

The Negeri Sembilan Constitution states that the order of succession should first be the sons of the previous Ruler, followed by the grandsons of the previous Ruler, then by the brothers of the previous Ruler, and only then by the sons of the brothers of the previous Ruler.

Tuanku Muhriz was first in the order of succession before the death of Tuanku Munawir, followed by Tunku Jaafar and Tunku Abdullah. When Tuanku Munawir died, Tuanku Muhriz was not chosen. Instead the council chose his half-uncle Tuanku Jaafar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman, a diplomat. It has been suggested that the then Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, influenced the Undangs not to choose Tuanku Muhriz on account of his youth (he was then only nineteen).

Yang di-Pertuan Besar[edit]

On 29 December 2008, The Council of Undang proclaimed him as the 11th Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan succeeding Almarhum Tuanku Jaafar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman who had died on 27 December 2008. It has been learnt that many prominent Malaysians had backed Tuanku Muhriz to succeed as the Ruler of Negeri Sembilan in view of his modest and dignified personality and by his having a successful corporate career. He was also the rightful heir, by tradition, to the throne on the death of his father.

Due to a lifelong habit of keeping a low profile, Tuanku Muhriz was largely unknown outside royal circles in Negeri Sembilan. However, Tuanku Muhriz was hardly the underdog in the intense negotiations that was played out for the position of Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan. During the closed discussions to elect the successor to the late Tuanku Jaafar, at least two, if not all four of the Undangs strongly championed his candidacy. They refused to budge when it was suggested that they consider Tunku Naquiyuddin, Tuanku Jaafar's eldest son, instead as the next Ruler of Negeri Sembilan.

Tuanku Muhriz has throughout his life established and maintained strong ties with the Undangs, the general nobility, the lesser royalty and people of Negeri Sembilan, and more so since moving back to the state a few years ago. He also has powerful backers within the political establishment in the state, with the then serving Menteri Besar Tan Mohd Isa Abdul Samad among his supporters.

There has been a quiet campaign by his loyal supporters at state and federal level to portray him as a well-spoken and well-educated man; someone who had the great strength of character to put aside the disappointment of not being appointed Ruler of the state in 1967: and who continues to lead a dignified and respectable life.

His supporters said that in contrast to members of Tuanku Jaafar's family, Tuanku Muhriz shuns publicity and though he can be very progressive in his outlook, he seems more rooted in traditional ways. Tuanku Jaafar's family are said to be completely devastated with the decision of the Undangs to select Tuanku Muhriz over Tunku Naquiyuddin. They too had several powerful politicians in their camp but the Undangs were not to be swayed.

Personal life[edit]

Tunku Muhriz is married to Terengganu princess Tuanku Aishah Rohani and the royal couple have three sons: Tunku Ali Redhauddin, Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin and Tunku Alif Hussein.

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Reference styleHis Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Royal Highness
Alternative styleSir
  • 14 January 1948 – 5 April 1960: His Highness (Yang Mulia) Tunku Muhriz ibni Tunku Laksamana Munawir
  • 5 April 1960 – 7 July 1961: His Highness (Yang Amat Mulia) Tunku Muhriz ibni Tuanku Munawir.
  • 7 July 1961 – 14 April 1967: His Highness (Yang Amat Mulia) Tunku Muhriz ibni Tuanku Munawir, The Tunku Besar of Seri Menanti.
  • 15 April 1967 – 27 December 2008: His Highness (Yang Amat Mulia) Tunku Muhriz ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir, The Tunku Besar of Seri Menanti
  • 27 December 2008–present: His Royal Highness (Duli Yang Maha Mulia) Tuanku Muhriz ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir, The Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan.


He was awarded:[1]

Honours of Negeri Sembilan[edit]

Honours of Malaysia[edit]



  1. ^ The Royal Ark, Negeri Sembilan genealogical details, p. 7
  2. ^ a b c d e List of Malaysian rulers with mentions of orders received
  • "Tunku Muhriz Is Proclaimed New Yang Dipertuan Besar Of NS". Bernama. 29 December 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008.
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Tuanku Ja'afar
Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan
Succeeded by