Raja Perempuan Budriah

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Raja Permaisuri Agong III
Raja Perempuan of Perlis
Raja Perempuan Besar of Perlis
Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia
Tenure21 September 1960 – 20 September 1965
Installation4 January 1961
PredecessorRaja Jemaah
SuccessorTengku Intan Zaharah
Raja Perempuan of Perlis
Tenure19 January 1946 – 16 April 2000
Coronation12 March 1949
SuccessorTengku Fauziah
Born(1924-03-28)28 March 1924
Kuala Krai, Sultanate of Kelantan
Died28 November 2008(2008-11-28) (aged 84)
Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Burial29 November 2008
Perlis Royal Mausoleum, Arau
Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail
(m. 1941; died 2000)
IssueTuanku Syed Sirajuddin
Syed Badaruddin
Syed Amir Zainal Abidin
Syed Razlan
Syed Zainal Anwar
Sharifah Salwa
Sharifah Jalaina
Sharifah Azwan
Sharifah Junetta
Sharifah Endah
Full name
Tengku Budriah binti Tengku Ismail
Regnal name
Tuanku Tengku Budriah binti Almarhum Tengku Ismail
FatherTengku Ismail bin Tuan Besar of Patani Kingdom
MotherTengku Besar Zubaidah binti Tengku Abdul Kadir of Patani Kingdom
ReligionSunni Islam

Raja Perempuan Besar Tengku Budriah binti Almarhum Tengku Ismail (Jawi: راج ڤرمڤوان بسر تڠكو بودريه بنت المرحوم تڠكو اسماعيل; 28 March 1924 – 28 November 2008)[1] was the Raja Perempuan of Perlis, wife of Syed Putra Jamalullail, and the third Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia.

Early life[edit]

She was born in Kuala Krai, Kelantan on 28 March 1924. She was the daughter of Almarhum Tengku Mek Haji Ismail Ibni HH Tuan Besar, the Raja of Pattani in Southern Thailand, and wife Tengku Besar Zubaidah binti Almarhum Tengku Abdul Kadir. Her late father, Tengku Mek Haji Ismail was son of HH Raja Tuan Besar Ibni Tuan Long Puteh, the third king of Pattani from Long Yunus dynasty of Kelantan while his mother was a daughter of the last king of Pattani, HH Sultan Abdul Kadir Kamaruddin Syah Ibni Sultan Sulaiman Syarafuddin Syah, brother of Tengku Muhammad Shah Of Pattani, Tengku Baniun of Pattani.

Her family ruled Pattani in south Thailand until it was overthrown by King Chulalongkorn in his effort to consolidate his hold on the southern part of that country. Tengku Budriah's grandfather, the former Sultan Abdul Kadir Kamaruddin Ibni Sultan Sulaiman Sharafuddin (Tuan Long Bongsu) of Patani, withdrew to Kelantan. The ruling family of Kelantan was distantly related to that of Patani. Long Muhammad Ibni Raja Muda Long ismail, the grandson of Long Yunus (King of united Kelantan) was appointed by Siam to rule Pattani after he reconciled and give up his right on Kelantanese throne to his cousin, Long Senik Mulut Merah (Sultan Muhammad II of Kelantan).

Tengku Budriah was brought up in a family which had a simple way of life. She was noted for her gentleness and politeness. By her active involvement in uniformed organisations she developed herself into a personality with superior leadership traits.

She began her primary education in a Malay School when she was seven, then continued her education at Kuala Kerai English School. Tengku Budriah later spent her Lower Secondary Education at Anglo Chinese Girls School in Ipoh, Perak. As an active person in extra-curricular activities, she was appointed as committee member in Brownies and Girl Guides, and would later attend the 1950 Girl Guides Jamboree in Australia.

Besides that she was also active in sports where she represented her school team in badminton and hockey, and also enjoyed sewing, cooking, flower arrangement and horse riding.[2]

Marriage and becoming Queen[edit]

At the age of 16, Tengku Budriah married Tuanku Syed Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail, heir apparent of Perlis in 1941. She went on to bear him five princes and five princesses.

When he was exiled by the Japanese occupying forces during the second World War, she helped him run a small cake and sundry goods shop in Kota Bharu. After the 1945 Japanese surrender she returned to Perlis with her family, travelling by train to Padang Besar, then by manually operated railway trolley (Gek-gek) to Bukit Keteri since there was no train link.[2]

Her husband became Raja of Perlis in 1945 and Tengku Budriah was installed Raja Perempuan or Queen of that state. Then in 1960 Tuanku Syed Putra was elected the third King of Malaysia (Yang di-Pertuan Agong) and Tengku Budriah accordingly became Queen (Raja Permaisuri Agong).

When her husband died in 2000, he was the world's longest reigning monarch. Her eldest son Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin also served as Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia from 2001 till 12 December 2006. Her title after the death of the king was YMM (Yang Maha Mulia) Raja Perempuan Besar Perlis, which means HRH the Queen Mother of Perlis.


Tengku Budriah spent most of her leisure time enjoying her favourite hobbies such as gardening, sewing, flower arrangement and cooking. She often cooked for her husband especially when they were on vacation abroad.

In later life she took up a new interest in painting flowers on dresses, scarves and porcelain for sale where profits made from the sales were donated to the welfare funds of Taman Asuhan Darulfarah. She also liked to spend time in her durian orchard.[2]

Charity work[edit]

Tengku Budriah took several initiatives to upgrade the welfare of the people of Perlis. She often visited schools and awarded school uniforms to poor students.

The Royal family were pioneers in implementing the Foster Parents Project organised by the Women Institution (W.I.) of Perlis. Each Royal Family member would take one poor foster child to support for his education. This project succeeded in helping the poor students to continue their education to higher levels.

Tengku Budriah also played an active role in the progress and welfare of the women in the country. She acted as patron and chairman to several movements in the state and nationwide such as Perlis Women Institutions (W.I.), Perlis Muslim Women Welfare Association, Perlis Family Planning Association, Malaysian Women's Hockey Association, Perlis Children Welfare Board and Taman Asuhan Darulfarah.

In 2002 the nursery managed by Darulfarah was closed down and thus the name Taman Asuhan Darulfarah was changed to "Yayasan Amal Tengku Hajah Budriah" and the latest project was initiated through her ideas and commitment was the setting up of Tuanku Syed Putra Dialysis Centre built next to the existing Darulfarah building which was completed in June 2005 and the Syed Putra Foundation for Kidney Disease.

Tengku Budriah lived in quiet retirement in Perlis, though active in charitable organisations.


She died in her sleep at the age of 83 in Hospital Kuala Lumpur at 3:47am due to old age on 28 November 2008.[3]

The King, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin and the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi paid their last respects in Kuala Lumpur before her body was flown on a Royal Malaysian Air Force Hercules aircraft from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport to the Sultan Abdul Halim Airport in Alor Star. She was then taken to Arau, where the local citizens were given an hour to pay their last respects; among them were the Sultan and Sultanah of Kedah. She was buried at the Royal Mausoleum Perlis in the afternoon.[4]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 28 March 1924 – 12 March 1949: Her Highness (Yang Mulia) Tengku Budriah binti Tengku Ismail
  • 12 March 1949 – 14 September 1960: Her Royal Highness (Duli Yang Maha Mulia) Tuanku Tengku Budriah binti Tengku Ismail, The Raja Perempuan of Perlis
  • 14 September 1960 – 20 September 1965: Her Majesty (Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda) Tuanku Tengku Budriah binti Tengku Ismail, The Raja Permaisuri Agong III
  • 20 September 1965 – 16 April 2000: Her Royal Highness (Duli Yang Maha Mulia) Tuanku Tengku Budriah binti Tengku Ismail, The Raja Perempuan of Perlis
  • 16 April 2000 – 28 November 2008: Her Royal Highness (Yang Maha Mulia) Tuanku Tengku Budriah binti Tengku Ismail, The Raja Perempuan Besar of Perlis

Awards and recognitions[edit]

She has been awarded:[5]

Honours of Perlis[edit]

  •  Perlis :
    • MY-PERL Perlis Family Order of the Gallant Prince Syed Putra Jamalullail - DK.svg Recipient of the Perlis Family Order of the Gallant Prince Syed Putra Jamalullail (DK)
    • MY-PERL Order of the Gallant Prince Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail - Knight Grand Companion - SSSJ.svg Knight Grand Companion (Dato' Sri Setia) of the Most Esteemed Order of the Gallant Prince Syed Putra Jamalullail (1995) - SSPJ

Malaysian Honours[edit]

Foreign Honours[edit]

Places named after her[edit]

Several places were named after her, including:

  • Jalan Tengku Budriah in Arau, Perlis
  • Taman Tengku Budriah in Arau, Perlis
  • Rumah Kanak-Kanak Tengku Budriah in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
  • Sekolah Tengku Budriah, primary school in Arau, Perlis
  • SMK Tengku Budriah, secondary school in Arau, Perlis
  • SK Raja Perempuan Budriah, primary school in Simpang Empat, Perlis


  1. ^ Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia (2003). "Yang di-Pertuan Agong III". Malaysian Monarchy. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 10 December 2006.
  2. ^ a b c "Tengku Budriah A Royal Who Was Very Much Loved". Bernama - Malaysian National News Agency. 28 November 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  3. ^ "Raja Perempuan Besar Perlis dies". The Star (Malaysia). 28 November 2008. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Tengku Budriah Laid To Rest". Bernama - Malaysian National News Agency. 28 November 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
  5. ^ The Royal Ark, Perlis genealogy details - p4
  6. ^ "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 1959" (PDF).

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Regnal titles
Preceded by
Raja Jemaah
(Tunku Ampuan of Selangor)
Raja Permaisuri Agong
(Queen of Malaysia)
Succeeded by
Tengku Intan Zaharah
(Tengku Ampuan Besar of Terengganu)