Sultan of Perak, Raja Azlan Shah, has passed away today at the age of 86.
Sultan of Perak, Raja Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah, passed away today at the age of 86.
In making the announcement, Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir said the ruler died at 1.30pm at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur.
His remains will be taken to the palace in Kuala Kangsar tomorrow morning and buried at the royal mausoleum there after Asar (mid-afternoon) prayers.
Tomorrow will be a public holiday in Perak as the state will be in mourning.
No entertainment or celebrations will be allowed in the state for seven days until June 4.
The Malaysian flag will also fly at half mast until June 4, while the Perak flag will fly half mast for 100 days starting today.
"May Allah bless his soul," Zambry said.
A lawyer, judge and sportsman
Azlan Shah was sultan of Perak for 30 years and reigned as Yang di-Pertuan Agong from 1989 to 1994.
He is survived by his consort Tuanku Bainun Mohd Ali, two princes and two princesses. Another prince, Raja Ashman Shah died on March 30, 2012.
Before becoming the sultan of Perak, Raja Azlan, a lawyer, served as a judge and Lord President of the Federal Court.
In 2009, the late sultan (right) played a key role in the Perak constitutional crisis when he declined then menteri besar Nizar Jamaluddin's request to dissolve the state assembly, following defections.
Instead, he directed Nizar to resign as Nizar had lost confidence of the House.
BN, with support from three defected Pakatan Rakyat assemblypersons, formed a new government thereby toppling the elected Pakatan government.
The matter was later taken to court with a five-member bench at the Federal Court declaring in 2010 that BN's Zambry was the rightful menteri besar.
The court found that the Perak Constitution gives absolute discretionary powers to the sultan to withhold consent to dissolve the state assembly.
Raja Azlan also made significant contributions to the sport of hockey, and was president of the Asian Hockey Federation and executive board member of the International Hockey Federation.
The Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament is hosted annually in the Perak capital of Ipoh.
Sultan Azlan Shah was Sultan of Perak for 30 years and reigned as Yang di-Pertuan Agong from 1989 to 1994.
Azlan Muhibbuddin, GCB, KStJ (born 19 April 1928) is the current Sultan of Perak. He was the ninth Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia from 26 April 1989 to 25 April 1994. A lawyer by profession, he served as a judge, and the Lord President of the Federal Court before becoming the Sultan of Perak.
Raja Azlan Shah (as he was then known) was born on 19 April 1928 in Batu Gajah, Perak. A child of Sultan Yusuf Izzuddin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Jalil Nasshirruddin al-Makhtarram karamatullah Shah (reigned 1948–1963) by his commoner wife (later divorced) Toh Puan Dewangsa Khadijah binti Ahmad, the young Raja Azlan Shah was brought up by his mother outside royal circles.
Raja Azlan's early education was at Government English School, Batu Gajah now known as SMK Sultan Yussuf. He continued his higher education at the prestigious Malay College Kuala Kangsar.
He went to study law at the University of Nottingham where he obtained the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1953, and was admitted to the English Bar by the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn on 23 November 1954.
Raja Azlan Shah passed away in the presence of family members on 28 May 2014 at 1.38pm.