|Raja Permaisuri Agong (Queen of Malaysia) and Sultanah of Kedah|
|Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia|
|Tenure||20 September 1970 – 21 September 1975|
|Installation||20 February 1971|
|Predecessor||Tengku Intan Zaharah|
|Sultanah of Kedah|
|Tenure||15 July 1958 - 26 August 2003|
|Installation||20 February 1959|
|Successor||Sultanah Haminah Hamidun|
|Spouse||Tuanku Al-Mutassimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah|
|Issue||Dato’ Seri Tunku Intan Shafinaz
Dato’ Seri Tunku Soraya
|Father||Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad|
|Mother||Tunku Kurshiah binti Almarhum Tunku Besar Burhanuddin|
24 August 1930|
Seri Menanti, Negeri Sembilan
|Died||26 August 2003
Istana Kuala Cegar, Alor Setar, Kedah
|Burial||Kedah Royal Mausoleum in Langgar|
Tuanku Bahiyah binti Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman (24 August 1930 – 26 August 2003) was the Sultanah of Kedah (1959–2003) and served as the fifth Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia from 21 September 1970 until 20 September 1975.
Tuanku Bahiyah was born on 24 August 1930 in Seri Menanti, Negeri Sembilan. She was the eldest daughter of Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad and Tunku Kurshiah binti Almarhum Tunku Besar Burhanuddin, the Yang di-Pertuan Besar and the Tunku Ampuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, who were then elected the first Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia.
She received her education at a Malay School in Seri Menanti and the Seremban Convent School. She later furthered her studies in United Kingdom and received a degree in Social Science from University of Nottingham.
Tuanku Bahiyah married Tuanku Al-Mutassimu Billahi Muhibbudin Sultan Abdul Halim Al-Muadzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah of Kedah in 1956.
The royal couple had three daughters; two of whom are twins. They are Dato’ Seri Tunku Intan Shafinaz, Dato’ Seri Tunku Soraya and Tunku Sarina (died on 31 August 1991).
In 1958, Tuanku Abdul Halim became Sultan of Kedah. Tunku Bahiyah was installed the Sultanah of Kedah with his ascension to the throne.
From 1970, she served her five-year term as Raja Permaisuri Agong or Queen of Malaysia when Tuanku Abdul Halim became the fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Awards and Recognition
Tuanku Bahiyah was conferred various awards, both locally and abroad. In 1970, Emperor Hiroto of Japan awarded her the First Class Order of Sacred Treasure. Later in the same year, President Suharto of Indonesia awarded her the First Class Order of Bintang Maha Putera.
Tuanku Bahiyah was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education by the University of Malaya where she served as the Chancellor from 1972 until 1986.
Tuanku Hajah Bahiyah was the patron of various organisations such as:
- Kedah Orchid Association
- Blood Donors Association of Malaysia
- Family Planning Association of Kedah
- Children’s Welfare Organisation of Kedah
- Islamic Women’s Welfare Organisation of Kedah
- Lioness Club of Kedah
- Netball Association of Kedah
- Women’s Association of Universiti Utara Malaysia (SUTRANITA)
- Nottingham Graduates Association
- Ex-Servicemen Widows and Wives Association (BAKIABAH)
- Kedah Association for the Disabled
- Kedah Thalassaemia Association
- Association of Sultanah Bahiyah Secondary School Students
She has been awarded:
Honours of Kedah
- Member of the Royal Family Order of Kedah (DK, 29 February 1964)
- Member of the Halimi Family Order of Kedah (DKH, 1.1976)
- Knight Grand Commander of the Exalted Order of the Crown of Kedah (SPMK, 19 February 1971)
Honours of Malaysia
- Malaysia :
- Kelantan : Recipient of the Royal Family Order or Star of Yunus (DK)
- Negeri Sembilan : Member of the Royal Family Order of Negeri Sembilan (DKNS, 8.1996)
- Indonesia : 1st Class of the Star of Mahaputera (Bintang Mahaputera Adipurna) (16 March 1970)
- Imperial State of Iran :
- 1st class of the Order of the Pleiades (1974)
- Commemorative Medal of the 2500th Anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire (14 October 1971).
- Japan : Dame Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure (29 February 1970)
- Thailand : Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Chula Chom Klao (1973)
- "Royal News — August 2003". Retrieved 4 September 2006.
- The Royal Ark, Kedah genealogical details, p11
- "Former Malaysian Queen dies at 72". Asian Political News. 2 September 2003. Retrieved 4 September 2006. Retrieved from FindArticles.com.
- "Raja Permaisuri Agong V:Tuanku Hajah Bahiyah binti Al-Marhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman". His Majesty and Her Majesty. Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia on MalaysianMonarchy.org. 2003. Retrieved 4 September 2006.[dead link]
- Tuanku Bahiyah Residential College official site
Tengku Intan Zaharah
(Tengku Ampuan Besar of Terengganu)
|Raja Permaisuri Agong
(Queen of Malaysia)
(Raja Perempuan of Kelantan)