Badlishah of Kedah

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Sultan of Kedah
Reign 1943 - 1958
Predecessor Abdul Hamid Halim Shah
Successor Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah
Born (1894-03-17)17 March 1894
Alor Setar, Kedah
Died 13 July 1958(1958-07-13) (aged 64)
Alor Setar, Kedah
Burial Langgar Royal Mausoleum
Spouse Tunku Sofia binti Almarhum Tunku Mahmud (1899-1934, m.1923-1934, her death)
Sultanah Asmah binti Almarhum Sultan Sulaiman Badrul Alam Shah (1911-1994, m.1934-1958, his death)
Issue Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah
Tunku Abdul Malik
Tunku Annuar
Tunku Mahmud Sallehuddin
House Kedah
Father Abdul Hamid Halim Shah
Mother Tunku Nai Sofiah binti Almarhum Tunku Nai Haji Hassan
Religion Sunni Islam

Sultan Badlishah ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah KCMG KBE (17 March 1894 – 13 July 1958) was the 27th Sultan of Kedah, a present Malaysian state, between 1943 and 1958. He succeeded the throne upon the death of his father, Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah. He was the elder half brother of the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Sultan Badlishah also served as regent of Kedah between 1937 and 1943. In 1943, he was deposed by the Imperial Japanese Army, but was reinstated following their surrender and the end of the Japanese occupation of Malaya in 1945.


Sultan Badlishah was married twice. His first marriage was to Tunku Sofiah binti Almarhum Tunku Mahmud (born 1899) in 1923. The marriage produced an heir, who was the fifth and fourteenth King of Malaysia and the current Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah. Tunku Sofia died in 1934.

  • Tunku Abdul Hamid (born 1925, died young)
  • Tunku Hamidah (22 September 1925 - 4 November 2015)
  • Tunku Abdul Halim (born 1927)
  • Tunku Abdul Malik (24 September 1929 - 21 September 2015)
  • Tunku Sakina (13 November 1931)
  • Tunku Mansur (29 December 1933 - 18 August 1934)

Sultan Badlishah's second marriage in 1934 was to Tunku Asmah binti Almarhum Sultan Badrul Alam Shah (1911-1994), a Terengganu princess. She served as Sultanah of Kedah and gave birth to a number of children:

  • Tunku Annuar (30 June 1939 - 21 May 2014)
  • Tunku Hosnah (born 25 January 1936)
  • Tunku Mahmud Sallehuddin (born 30 April 1942)
  • Tunku Bisharah (born 18 October 1944)
  • Tunku Badriatul Jamal (born 1 September 1947)
  • Tunku Kamaliah (born 6 June 1949)
  • Tunku Nafisah (born 20 June 1949)
  • Tunku Abdul Hamid Thani (born 18 June 1952)

Death and Succession[edit]

Sultan Badlishah died on 13 July 1958 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah.


Honours of Kedah[edit]

Foreign Honours[edit]

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Badlishah of Kedah
House of Kedah
Born: 1894 Died: 1958
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Abdul Hamid Halim Shah
Sultan of Kedah
Succeeded by
Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah