Sultanah Kalsom

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Hajjah Kalsom
Sultanah of Pahang
Tenure 30 September 1992 - present
Predecessor Tengku Ampuan Afzan
Born (1951-09-12) 12 September 1951 (age 66)
Taftan, Balochistan, Pakistan, Iran
Spouse Sultan Ahmad Shah
Issue Tengku Fahd' Muadzam Shah ibni Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah
Religion Sunni Islam

Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom (née Anita Abdullah) is the current Sultanah of Pahang as the 2nd wife of Sultan Ahmad Shah.[1] Born on 12 September 1951, she is originally of Persian and Pakistani descent. Prior to her marriage, she was an air stewardess for a prominent airline.

Sultanah Kalsom married Sultan Ahmad Shah on 14 March 1991. She was titled Cik Puan Kalsom on the day of her marriage and later was became The Sultanah of Pahang, with the style of Her Royal Highness on 30 September 1992.[2]

She and the Sultan have a son together: His Highness Tengku Fahd Mu'adzam Shah Ibni Sultan Hajji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah,[1][3] the Tengku Arif Temenggong of Pahang.


Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom has been active with social causes and is a patron of numerous organisations, lending her presence to inspire those engaged in managing these organisations.

Yayasan Sri Kencana Kalsom[edit]

The Yayasan Sri Kencana Kalsom, named after her, provides shelter for single parents as well as women who have been victims of domestic abuse. The Yayasan helps these women rebuild their lives finding them jobs that enable them to be independent and lead their lives with dignity.


She is also Patron of OrphanCARE Foundation, a non-profit organisation that aims in getting orphans adopted. OrphanCARE also set up Malaysia's first baby hatch for mothers to anonymously leave their unwanted newborns to be put up for adoption. She has given her full support to the organisation which has the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development as its smart partner.

Soroptimist Club of Kuantan[edit]

As Patron of the Soroptimist Club of Kuantan, a gathering of professional women who pool their talents to assist the needy, Sultanah Kalsom works closely to guide the movement with her strong views on empowerment. Her concern for women stems from her personal philosophy that dreams must be pursued to the fullest and that women must be given every opportunity to realise their talents.

The Sorority[edit]

Sultanah Kalsom is also an Honorary Member of The Sorority, an exclusive members-only club for inspiring professional women based in London, is considered an iconic inspirational woman who represents the modern, professional woman who is shaping the future with individual style and expression.

Kiwanis Club of Kuantan[edit]

Sultanah Kalsom has been the patron of the Kiwanis Club of Kuantan since 2004.[4][5]

Awards and Honours[edit]

For the exceptional work that is inspiring societal advancement the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology awarded Sultanah Kalsom the Honorary Doctorate of Social Development.[6]

Honours of Pahang[edit]