Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin

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Zain Al-'Abidin
Born (1982-07-06) 6 July 1982 (age 35)
University Hospital, Petaling Jaya
Full name
Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin ibni Tunku Muhriz (at birth)
Dynasty Pagaruyung
Father Tuanku Muhriz ibni al-Marhum Tuanku Munawir
Mother Tuanku Aishah Rohani Tengku Besar Mahmud
Religion Sunni Islam

Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz (born 6 July 1982), more popularly known as Tunku 'Abidin Muhriz, is the second son of the reigning Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan in Malaysia, Tuanku Muhriz ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir.[2] He is the Founding President of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), Malaysia.


Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin was born on 6 July 1982 at University Hospital, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, as second son and child of Tuanku Muhriz ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir (now the reigning Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan) and Tuanku Aishah Rohani.

His siblings are :


He was educated at :


In conjunction with his father's Installation Ceremony he wrote a book about the state's history and customs, and began a major project to revitalise the State Anthem, Berkatlah Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan, working with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, which was officially launched on 26 October 2010.[3]

He is a Trustee of Yayasan Munarah, Yayasan Chow Kit and the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, and advisor to Institute for Pioneering of Education and Economic Excellence (INSPIRE)[4] and is an Honorary Major in the Malaysian Territorial Army. In his various roles he has been interviewed for numerous television programmes, magazines and newspaper features.

He has authored four books to date:

  • Payung Berdaulat Warisan Beradat (2009). Istana Negeri Sembilan
  • Abiding Times (2011). Marshall Cavendish.[5]
  • Abiding Times 2 (2012). Marshall Cavendish
  • Roaming Beyond the Fence (2013). Editions Didier Millet


Tunku 'Abidin is greatly interested in music and is an accomplished pianist. A strong supporter of the arts, he is the patron for the Euroasia Association of Performing Arts or Euroasia, and regularly supports the organization's efforts to develop and share music education and performance. Tunku 'Abidin has also performed at the Konsert Diraja UKM (English: National University of Malaysia Royal Concert) for the past several years.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Styles of
Tunku Zain al'Abidin
Coat of arms of Negeri Sembilan.svg
Reference style Yang Amat Mulia
Spoken style Yang Amat Mulia
Alternative style Tunku

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 6 July 1982 – 29 December 2008: Yang Mulia Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin bin Tunku Muhriz.
  • 29 December 2008 – present: Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz.

Military ranks[edit]

  • Malaysia 10 November 2009 – present: Honorary Major, Regiment 508, Malaysian Territorial Army


He has been awarded :[6]



  1. ^ The Royal Ark, Jelebu genealogical details p.2
  2. ^ "Royal Ark - Negri Sembilan - The Pagarruyung Dynasty". 
  3. ^ Chitra S. Nathan (30 October 2010). "Prince fine-tunes Negri Sembilan anthem". The Star. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Board Members". 
  5. ^ "Abiding Times – an insight into the minds of Malaysia’s thinking youth". Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs. 3 January 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  6. ^ The Royal Ark, Negeri Sembilan genealogical details, p.7
  7. ^ "Maharum Bugis Syah" blog, Article in Malay with photo : Ali & Zain al-'Abidin receiving DKYR
Malaysian royalty
Preceded by
Tunku Ali Redhauddin Muhriz
Line of succession to the throne of Negeri Sembilan
2nd position
Succeeded by
Tunku Naquiyuddin