Sunday, April 20, 2014

The children of Tengku Muda of Pahang from left :- Tengku Eddie Akasya, Tengku Ameera Asya and Tengku Ahmad Firman Shah
April 20, 2014 - Over 40,000 people gathered at the Istiadat Raja Bersama Rakyat in conjunction of the royal circumcision and piercing ceremony of the children of His Royal Highness the Tengku Muda of Pahang, Tengku Abdul Rahman Al-Haj ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang that has been done for the first time ever at Dataran Temerloh, last night. The ceremony was attended by Their Royal Highnesses the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah and Sultanah Kalsom of Pahang. Also attended the ceremony were His Royal Highness the Tengku Mahkota (Crown Prince) of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah and members of Pahang Royal Family. Also present were The Honourable Menteri Besar of Pahang, Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and wife, Datin Seri Junaini Kassim.

The ceremony was done according to Pahang royal customs and the children of Tengku Muda, Her Highness Tengku Ameera Asya and Their Highnesses Tengku Eddie Akasya and Tengku Ahmad Firman Shah were paraded on elephants in the royal procession of 20 meter long to the royal chamber for Merenjis ceremony. The arrival of the royal procession were greeted with the welcoming dances and the merenjis ceremony was started by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Pahang. After the ceremony, the children of Tengku Muda consented to mingle with the audiences. His Highness Tengku Ahmad Firman Shah stated that, the ceremony is meaningful to him and he will never forget.

The consort of Tengku Muda, Her Highness the Cik Puan Muda of Pahang, Julita Aishah stated, the ceremony was organized accordance to the Tengku Muda's wish who wanted to show the people of Pahang the side of Pahang royal customs that never shown to public.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The lost of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has received various reactions either inside or outside of the country. As it has becomes an international concerns, several international media has slammed how Malaysia handled the case, including several accusations of mismanagement and lack of coordination. As the case takes longer and longer time to solve, not to mention the lost flight is still yet to be found, patience has grew thinner and thinner by the passing day. In Malaysia, several States Rulers has stated their opinion regarding the matter.

On April 7, 2014, His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah in his royal address during the State Opening session of Selangor State Assembly, expressed his sympathy over the disappearance of MH370. "I pray that the search will have a definite and satisfying answer for all parties, especially to those who are waiting for news. I hope the Malaysian Government will continue the search to find the right answer to the tragedy and I hope they will be patience in facing this dire situation". He said when opening the first meeting of the second session of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly.

On April 10, 2014, His Excellency the Yang Dipertua Negeri (Governor) of Sabah, Tun Juhar Mahiruddin also expressed his sympathy over the lost Malaysian airliner. "Let us pray and hope that the families of the passengers and crews will have the patience and courage to face the situation". He said when opening the first meeting of the second session of Sabah State Legislative Assembly.

On April 11, 2014, His Royal Highness the Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir and her royal consort, Her Royal Highness the Tengku Ampuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Aishah Rohani as well as the citizens of Negeri Sembilan are deeply concerned and express regrets over the incident of MH370. "I hope family members of the passengers and crew of the aircraft will be strong in facing the challenge and fate", he said when opening the First meeting of the second session of Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly seating. In the same session, the Negeri Sembilan State Assembly unanimously passed a special motion on MH370 tabled by the Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Monarchs of the world

In today segment, we will witness the countries which are ruled by Monarchs. Until this article were posted, there are officially 44 countries with a monarch as Head of State. Here is the list of the World's monarchs still reign today.


His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan
Consort : Her Imperial Highness Empress Michiko
Monarch since : 7th January 1989


His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni
Consort : -
Monarch since : 14th October 2004


His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Consort : Her Majesty Queen Sirikit
Monarch since : 9th June 1946


His Majesty Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah
Consort : Her Majesty Tuanku Hajah Haminah
Monarch since (Malaysia) : 13th December 2011
Monarch since (Kedah) : 13th July 1958


His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Muizaddin Waddaulah
Consort : Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha
Monarch since : 4th October 1967


His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk
Consort : Her Majesty the Druk Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema
Monarch since : 9th December 2006


His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said
Consort : ??
Monarch since : 23rd July 1970


His Majesty the custodian of two holy mosques
Abdullah bin Abd Aziz
Consort : ??
Monarch since : 1st August 2005


His Majesty King Hamad Ibn Isa Al-Khalifa
Consort : Her Majesty Queen Sabika binti Ibrahim
Monarch since : 6th March 1999


His Majesty Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
Consort : Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad Al-Thani & Anoud bint Mana Al-Hajr
Monarch since : 25th June 2013


His Highness President Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
Consort : Shamsa binti Suhail Al-Mazrouei
Monarch since : 3rd November 2004


His Highness Emir Sabah Al Ahmad
Consort : -
Monarch since : 29th January 2009


His Majesty King Abdullah II
Consort : Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Yassin
Monarch since : 7th February 1999


His Majesty King Mohammed VI
Consort : Her Majesty Princess Lalla Salma
Monarch since : 23rd July 1999


His Majesty King Mswati III
Consort : currently have 15 wives
Monarch since : 25 April 1986


His Majesty King Letsie III
Consort : Her Majesty Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso
Monarch since : 7th February 1996


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Consort : His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh
Monarch since : 6th February 1952


His Majesty King Juan-Carlos I
Consort : Her Majesty Queen Sophia
Monarch since : 22nd November 1975


His Serene Highness Prince Albert II
Consort : Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene
Monarch since : 6th April 2005


His Serene Highness Joan Enric Vives I Sicilia (Co-Prince)
Monarch since : 12th May 2003

His Excellency Franรงois Hollande (Co-Prince) ex-officio as President of France
Co-monarch since : 15th May 2012


His Serene Highness Prince Hans-Adam II
Consort : Countess Marie Kinsky
Monarch since : 13 November 1989


His Serene Highness Grand Duke Henri
Consort : Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
Monarch since : 7th October 2000


His Majesty King Phillipe
Consort : Her Majesty Queen Mathilde
Monarch since : 21st July 2013


His Majesty King Willem-Alexander 
Consort : Her Majesty Queen Maxima
Monarch since : 30th April 2013


His Majesty King Harald V
Consort : Her Majesty Queen Sonja
Monarch since : 17th January 1991


His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf 
Consort : Her Majesty Queen Silvia
Monarch since : 15th September 1973


Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II
Consort : His Royal Highness Henrik, Prince Consort
Monarch since : 14th January 1972


His Holiness Pope Francis I
Monarch since : 13th March 2013


His Majesty King Tupou VI
Consort : Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau'u Tuku'aho
Monarch since : 18th March 2012

Sunday, March 30, 2014

His Royal Highness the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj has announced all government and private agencies in the State to lowered the flag at half-pole. The announcement were made after the Sultan of Johor has acted to fluttered the flag at half mask as a respect for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 Kuala Lumpur - Beijing. Also in tune with the State of Johor was the State of Perak when the Regent of Perak, His Royal Highness Raja Dr Nazrin Shah also announced the flag at half-pole as a respect and sympathy to the ill-fated MH370.

The actions were made after the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak in his Press Conference, stated that the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 has ended at the south part of the Indian Ocean. Even though the MH370 location has been confirmed ended in the Indian Ocean, the fate of MH370 and passengers on board is still unclear.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

His Highness the Tengku Bendahara of Selangor, Tengku Azman Shah Al-Haj ibni Almarhum Sultan Hishamuddin Alam Shah Al-Haj had died on last March 23, 2014 at Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital, Klang. He was 83 years old. He is an uncle to the reigning Sultan of Selangor and a member of Selangor Royal Council of Succession (Dewan Diraja Selangor). The funeral of the Tengku Bendahara was proceeded according to Selangor Royal Custom on March 24, 2014. The prayer of the late Tengku Bendahara was done around 10.30 am at the Masjid Istana Diraja, Istana Alam Shah before been put to rest at the Royal Mausoleum. Also present in the funeral were His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and the Menteri Besar of Selangor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

The Tengku Bendahara was born on 1st January 1931 and were the third son of Almarhum Sultan Hishamuddin Alam Shah Al-Haj by his second wife, Che Puan Hajah Kalsum binti Hj Mahmud. He was married to Tengku Thuraya binti Sultan Ibrahim IV of Kelantan on December 27, 1950 and was appointed as the Tengku Bendahara of Selangor on May 13, 1959. He also have been proclaimed as the Regent of Selangor.

Tengku Azman Shah Al-Haj ibni Almarhum Sultan Hishamuddin Alam Shah Al-Haj
The Tengku Bendahara of Selangor
1 January 1931 - 23 March 2014


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

On last March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flights 370 went missing while on its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The flight carries 239 passengers including 12 crews on board. The flight went missing around 1.30am and lost contact with military radar. It was officially reported missing to the MAS around 2.30 am. The lost of the flight has been an international concerns up to date and until this article was posted, the MH370 are still yet to be found.

His Majesty Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah of Kedah, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia and the Queen, Tuanku Hajah Haminah has stated their concern over the incident, and also their empathy to the families and relatives of the crews and passengers. Their Majesties also encouraged for the Solat Hajat to be done to offer prays for the missing plane.

Meanwhile, the Conference of Rulers also expressed its disappointment over the missing MH370. The statement were made by the Keeper of the Ruler's Seal, Dato' Sri Syed Danial bin Syed Ahmad. The Keeper of the Ruler's Seal also stated that the Conference of Rulers follows the development over the case and shows its gratitudes of all efforts that has been done by various parties in the search and rescue operation of MH370. The conference of Rulers also encourage all Malaysian despite their religious and political backgrounds to stand united to overcome the tragedy.

Semoga mendapat rahmat dan petunjuk daripada Allah S.W.T serta segala usaha menemui hasil terbaik. di samping mendoakan semoga kaum keluarga dan sahabat handai waris terlibat diberikan kekuatan, ketabahan dan ketenangan bagi menghadapinya. 

May all received the blessing and guidance from Allah and all efforts will bear the best results, while praying may the families and relatives of the victims involved will be given strength, endurance and serenity to face it.

In recent event, His Royal Highness Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang and Her Royal Highness Sultanah Kalsom of Pahang has consent to visit the families of the passengers on MH370 at the Hotel Everly, Putrajaya on March 17, 2014. The royal entourage arrival was greeted by Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat, the President of Perbadanan Putrajaya. In the visit, the Sultan informed the passenger's relatives of MH370 that all efforts has been done in the Search and Rescue operation to find the missing plane.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The new Governor of Sarawak

On last March 1, 2014, the State of Sarawak received her new Governor after His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah consent to deliver the instrument of appointment to Pehin Sri Abdul Taib bin Mahmud as the new Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak on February 28, 2014, on the same day he step down from the position of Chief Minister of Sarawak which he held for 33 years. Pehin Sri Abdul Taib bin Mahmud becoming the State's 7th Yang Dipertua Negeri, replacing Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin who term's ended on the same day. 

His Excellency sworn in as the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak on 11.00 am located at the State Assembly Building, Kuching in front of the newly sworn in Chief Minister of Sarawak, Tan Sri Adenan bin Satem. The Chief Minister read the instrument of appointment. Pehin Sri later sworn-in as the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak before the High Jugde of Sabah and Sarawak, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum after signed the instrument of appointment. 
Negeri Sembilan is unique in term of history as it is the only State in Malaysia which practice elected monarchy instead of linear dynasty. The State, known as Negeri Sembilan derived from the word 'Sembilan' which means the number 9. Represents the nine principality inside the State which form a sort of federation system and these 9 small states is ruled by Ruler who resides in Seri Menanti, the Royal Capital. The 4 biggest principalities in Negeri Sembilan elects a leader called Undang, who is also the 'King-maker' of the State. When the Yang Dipertuan Besar (Great Ruler) of Negeri Sembilan died, the 4 Undangs will be call upon to appoint a successor from the Four Princes of Negeri Sembilan.

The Four Undangs is as follows :-

1. The Undang of Luak Sungai Ujong

Sungai Ujong has a very long an ancient history. Previous from 1760, there exist several leaders who govern Sungai Ujong. During the brief period of Johor Empire ruled, the ruler of Sungai Ujong was bestowed a hereditary title of Dato Kelana Petra Sri Jaya. In 1773, Sungai Ujong formed the State of Negeri Sembilan.

In full, the Undang of Luak Sungai Ujong is addressed to as :- 
Yang Teramat Mulia Dato Kelana Petra Sri Jaya of Luak Sungai Ujong.
The position is elected among two noble houses known as Waris Hulu and Waris Hilir. The succession is followed the matrilineal line of the Waris.  

The incumbent for the position is :-

Yang Teramat Mulia Datuk Mubarak bin Dohak.
16th Dato Kelana Petra Sri Jaya of Luak Sungai Ujong

2. The Undang of Luak Jelebu

Jelebu is also one of the nine autonomous states which later formed the State of Negeri Sembilan in 1773.

In full, the Undang of Luak Jelebu is addressed to as :-
Yang Teramat Mulia Datuk Mendelika Menteri Akhirul Zaman, the Penghulu of Luak Jelebu
The position is elected among four noble houses, known as Waris Jelebu, Waris Ulu Jelebu, Waris Sarin and Waris Kemin.

The incumbent for the position is :-

Yang Teramat Mulia Datuk Hj Musa bin Abdul Wahab [Waris Sarin].
15th Dato Mendelika Menteri Akhiruz Zaman, the Penghulu of Luak Jelebu.

3. The Undang of Luak Johol

Johol is one of the component state which formed Negeri Sembilan in 1773. Originally known as Pasir Besar, renamed as Johol in 1723.

In full, the Undang of Luak Johol is addressed to as:-
Yang Teramat Mulia Datuk Johan Pahlawan Lela Perkasa Setiawan of Luak Jelebu.
The position is elected among the male descendants through the female line of the first ruler, Dato Putri Siti Awan. Customarily, the son of the eldest sister of the previous title-holder to succeed. The Heir Apparent is addressed to as Baginda Tan Mas.

The incumbent for the position is:-

Yang Teramat Mulia Datuk Hj Mohd Jan bin Abdul Ghani
14th Datuk Johan Pahlawan Lela Perkasa Setiawan of Luak Johol

4. The Undang Luak of Rembau

Rembau is one of the component States that makes the Negeri Sembilan in 1773. The Luak Rembau was founded in 1540 by two Minangkabau Chief, named Datuk Laut Dalam and Datuk Lela Balang. They have made a pact that the State shall be ruled by alternation between their descendant in the female line. In modern day, the northern district of Rembau becomes the Luak Tampin ruled by the Tengku Besar of Tampin while the Southern district still retain the name Rembau.

In full, the Undang of Luak Rembau is addressed to as :-
Yang Teramat Mulia Datuk Lela Maharaja (if the incumbent of the Waris Jakun)
Yang Teramat Mulia Datuk Setia Diraja (if the incumbent of the Waris Jawa)
Even though subject to election, the position of the Undang of Luak Rembau is alternates between the descendant of Datuk Laut Dalam, later bestowed a hereditary title of Datuk Lela Maharaja by the Sultan of Johor and the descendant of Datuk Lela Balang, later bestowed a hereditary title of Datuk Setia Diraja by the Sultan of Johor. Succession through the female line and usually the son of the eldest sister of the previous title holder will succeed.

The incumbent for the position is :-

Yang Teramat Mulia Datuk Hj Muhammad Sharif bin Hj Othman
The Datuk Lela Maharaja, 21st Undang of Luak Rembau

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Chairman of Democratic Action Party (DAP), Karpal Singh have been found guilty by the High Court for sedition after questioning His Royal Highness the Sultan of Perak 's action in removing Dato' Seri Ir Nizar bin Jamaluddin as the Menteri Besar in 2009. Justice Datuk Azman Abdullah set March 7 for sentencing after Karpal Singh counsel who is also his son, Gobind Singh Deo, informed the court that his father is unwell  and needed time to prepare his mitigation.

Karpal Singh, 73, was charged with having said at his legal firm in Jalan Pudu Lama on Feb 6, 2009 that the removal of Dato Seri Ir Mohammad Nizar and the appointment of Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir as the new Menteri Besar by the Sultan could be questioned in court. The charged, under section 4 (1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948 , provides for a maximum jail term of three years and a fine of RM5,000 or both, upon conviction.

The High Court had, on June 11, 2010 acquitted and discharged Karpal Singh without calling for his defense but, following an appeal by the prosecution, the Court of Appeal, on Jan 20, 2012 ordered the MP of Bukit Gelugor to make his defense. Azman, in his judgement, said the Court found that Karpal Singh's testimony, delivered after seven days, and that of another defence witness had failed to raised a reasonable doubt in the prosecution's case.

Karpal Singh told the reporters that he respected the decision of the High Court, and that he would appeal soon after the court meted out the sentence.


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