Raja Kamarul Bahrin

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Raja Kamarul Bahrin

راج كامرول بهرين شاه بن راج احمد
Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government
Assumed office
17 July 2018
MonarchMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterZuraida Kamaruddin
Preceded byHalimah Mohamed Sadique
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kuala Terengganu
In office
6 May 2013 – 9 May 2018
Preceded byRazali Ismail (UMNO-BN)
Succeeded byAhmad Amzad Mohamed Hashim (PAS-GS)
Personal details
Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah bin Raja Ahmad

(1955-01-14) 14 January 1955 (age 64)
Istana Maziah, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Political partyPAS (2013-2015)
AMANAH (2015-present)
Spouse(s)Norilah Mohd Salleh
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne

Dato' Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah bin Raja Ahmad (Jawi: راج كامرول بهرين شاه بن راج احمد; born 14 January 1955) is a Malaysian politician. He is the Terengganu state chairman of the National Trust Party (AMANAH) and state chief of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition.[1] He was the former one-term Member of Parliament for Kuala Terengganu (2013-2018).

Raja Kamarul was appointed as a Senator in the upper house (Dewan Negara) of Parliament of Malaysia and also the Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government in July 2018.[2]

Raja Kamarul Bahrin was appointed as the chairman of the Hotel Association (MAH) and one of the members of the Badan Warisan Malaysia. He is the chairman of the Independent Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) of the Angkatan Amanah Merdeka led by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. He was born on 14 January 1955 at Istana Maziah, Kuala Terengganu.

He is officially listed as the party's candidate at the Kuala Terengganu parliament on 9 April 2013, the 13th general election. According to various sources, after being inaugurated by Abdul Hadi Awang and the Malaysian Islamic Party Commissioner (PAS) he agreed to join the party over his patriarchal plea.

He is popularly known as the architect of the Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque or better known as the Floating Mosque, the Terengganu State Museum (Museum recognized as the largest museum in Asia), Istana Melawati (Putrajaya) and several others. Around the 1990s was linked in Malaysia when bringing his son back from Australia with a boat, as well as about the collapse of the roof of the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium designed by his company Senibahri Arkitek.

On August 21, 2015, he was declared the chairman of the Terengganu Gerakan Harapan Baru. He said he accepted the offer to lead the Harapan Baru in Terengganu because he believed in the future of the movement.


After getting an early education at Saint John Institute, he returned to Terengganu and attended Sultan Sulaiman Secondary School (appointed as Head of Student in 1974), pursuing his Education at The University of Melbourne.

He met his wife Jacqueline Pascarl Gillespie. When it was (1981) Jacqueline was 17 years old.


His Majesty was His Majesty Raja Ahmad Baharuddin Ismail Shah ibni DYAM Raja Bendahara Abdul Rashid Shah ibni Sultan Idris Shah I Perak, was once Marang District Officer who married Tengku Zaliha Putri ibn Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah.

In 1981 he married Jacqueline Pascarl, an Australian citizen book writer. They were given two children, Ki Raja Mohamad Baharuddin (Iddin) and Raja Shahirah Aishah (Aishah). Raja Shahirah is married to the vocalist of Love Me Butch group, Syarul Reza Abdul Aziz at the Floating Mosque of Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque, Kuala Ibai. His son graduated from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam. Their competition was held at Aryani Resort in Merang, Setiu. His son attended six years at the National School of Chabang Tiga Center, Kuala Terengganu with a tight control of the General Operations Force (PGA).

Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah married Singapore artist and sister of Malaysia's famous Composer, Dato 'Johari Salleh-Toh Puan Norilah Salleh or formerly known as Elmi Salleh. Empowered by 4 children, Raja Badruddin Hakim Shah (1987), Raja Bahiuddin Ansari Shah (1989), Raja Nur Aryani Munirah (1991) and King Nur Saliha Nazirah (1993).

Around 2009-2010 was later married to Malaysian jazz singer Noryn Aziz or his real name Norazmahwati binti Abdul Aziz, a UiTM graduate.

Controversies and issues[edit]

Child dispute with ex-wife[edit]

In 1985, two sons of Raja Kamarul Bahrin were reared by his ex-wife, Jacqueline Pascarl an Australian citizen. They divorced in 1986. He tried to retrieve his son for 7 years through the Australian Family Court in 1992. Even Australian judges forbid bringing his son to the Mosque or nearly 100 meters from the mosque. Jacqueline married another TV journalist, Iain Gillespie in 1990. Jacqueline has produced two books titled 'Once I was a Princess' and 'Since I Was a Princess' (2007).

Finally Raja Kamarul Bahrin abducted his daughter & son with a fishing boat through Cape York Peninsula, Merauke, Irian Jaya, Sulawesi, Sabah and returned to Kuala Terengganu with the help of Bryan Wickham. Bryan Wickham had planned the land and sea escape route for a year and was consequently charged & sentenced to an Australian jail for a year for his part. The events are all recorded and have been recorded with the title 'Raja Bahrin Story' (1997)

In 2006, Shah visited his mother Jacqueline in Melbourne. Iddin also met his mother in 2006 after 14 years apart.

Leading architects[edit]

He is an architect who is well known for his traditional Malay-based architecture. And getting more attention by Media and the public when the collapse of the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium. Many parties involved include architects from wholesalers and engineers from the government. The roof of the stadium is very large and 30 meters high and is fitted with air conditioning by a South Korean company. The construction cost is RM292 million and is still in the contractor's warranty.

Terengganu stadium built by Raja Bahrin collapsed[edit]

Raja Kamarul Bahrin is a prominent architect in Malaysia. However, after his stadium collapsed he was attacked by various parties, especially the opposition. Among their allegations, Raja Bahrin was negligent in designing. Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad, as the main architect of the stadium, later appeared to explain that the design and construction of the roof was by a foreign company and he was not involved with it. He had suggested that the authorities issue a full report on the incident so that the people would not wonder who actually was responsible for the incident. A report was made by the Malaysian government, regarding the roof collapse of the stadium.

PAS candidates in Kuala Terengganu[edit]

On 9 April 2013, he and other PAS candidates were elected to contest in the Kuala Terengganu seat. He was committed to representing the voices of professionals who were ignored by the administration of the BN government and hoped his participation in politics would force the authorities to respect the views and professional society opinions more seriously. On 16 september 2015, he left the party and entered the National Trust Party after the party was set up.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[3][4][5][6]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2013 P36 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu. Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah (PAS) 45,828 55.80% Mohd Zubir Embong (UMNO) 35,043 42.67% 82,122 10,785 87.00%
Maimun Yusuf (IND) 182 0.22%
2018 Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah (AMANAH) 15,380 17.76% Wan Nawawi Wan Ismail (UMNO) 28,215 32.59% 87,786 14,773 84.73%
Ahmad Amzad Mohamed @ Hashim (PAS) 42,988 49.65%



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  2. ^ "Five senators appointed as one minister and four deputy ministers". The Star. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
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