Monday, November 9, 2009

Selangor Royal Family

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Finally my favorite segment of the month, Royal Family! The topic for today is the second last and only one more to go. Today, we will see the monarch of the most developed state in Malaysia, The Selangorean Royal Family. It is probably the second youngest royal family in Malaysia and has a customary relation with the Perakian Royal Family as the first ruler of Selangor is crowned by the Sultan of Perak. The Ruler of Selangor is styled as HRH Sultan of Selangor.


The current Sultan of Selangor is HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Ibni Al-marhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah. He is the ninth Sultan of Selangor. His reign started since 2001.

The consort to the Sultan of Selangor is styled according to her bloodline. A royal born consort is styled as HRH Tengku Ampuan of Selangor (Queen of Selangor), while commoner consort is styled as Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor (Consort of Selangor). The position is currently vacant as the Sultan is divorced, unmarried and without a consort.


The Royal House of Selangor are descended from the Yang di-Pertuans of Riau, Indonesia (see that family). They are Bugis, originating from Luwu in the islands of the Celebes. Raja Lumu, second son of Raja Chelak, the 2nd Yang di-Pertuan Muda of Riau, conquered Selangor and established his legitimacy by being installed by the Sultan of Perak in 1766. Frequently at odds with the Dutch and native Malay rulers, his son Ibrahim, was expelled from Selangor in 1786. Ibrahim eventually reached an accommodation with the Dutch and was allowed to return, two years later. Rich tin deposits had been discovered during the sixteenth century, this lead to increasing numbers of Chinese immigrants to work the mines. Fighting between the Bugis and Chinese immigrants and the indigenous Malays became more frequent. Eventually this led to British intervention, and the imposition of a British Resident in 1874. Selangor joined the fledgling federation, known as the Federated Malay States in 1897.

The land for the new federal capital at Kuala Lumpur, being donated by the Sultan of Selangor. Economic development was quite rapid with the introduction of rubber cultivation and port facilities. The Japanese occupied the state in 1941 and deposed the ruling Sultan, in favour of his disinherited elder brother. He was deposed on the return of British troops at War's end, and the rightful Sultan restored. The State joined the Federation of Malaya on 1948. In 1974, the Federal capital area, consisting of Kuala Lumpur and certain surrounding areas, were permanently ceded to the Federal government.



Family picture, from left,
Tengku Zerafina, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Tengku Amir Shah, and Tengku Zatashah

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah married twice. First with Raja Zarina binti Raja Zainal Abidin (divorced). And second with Nur Lisa Idris, @ Lisa Davis (divorced). He had 2 daughters from his first wife and a son from his second wife.

(with Raja Zarina)
  1. Tengku Zerafina (1969)
  2. Tengku Zatashah (1973)
(with Nur Lisa Idris)
  1. Tengku Amir Shah (1990)


The official palace for Sultan of Selangor is Istana Alam Shah (Alam Shah Palace), located at Royal Town Klang, Selangor.


The second Official Palace of the Sultan of Selangor is Istana Bukit Kayangan. Located at Seksyen 12, Shah Alam


The Istana Darul Ehsan located at Putrajaya Lake.



Male primogeniture amongst the male line descendants of Sultan Salahuddin Shah.

**line of successions
  1. Tengku Amir Shah ibni Sultan Sharafuddin Idris, Raja Muda
  2. Tengku Sulaiman Shah al-Haj ibni almarhum Sultan Salahuddin, Tengku Panglima Diraja
  3. Tengku Shakirin al-Amin Mahmud Ismail Ahmad Shah bin Tengku Sulaiman Shah
  4. Tengku Saleh ud-din Ismail Shah bin Tengku Sulaiman Shah
  5. Tengku Shahrain Ismail Ibrahim Iskandar Hisham ud-din Shah bin Tengku Sulaiman Shah
  6. Tengku Sharif ud-din Ibrahim Ismail Iskandar 'Abdu'l Aziz Shah bin Tengku Sulaiman Shah
  7. Tengku Abdul Samad Shah al-Haj ibni al-Marhum Sultan Salahuddin, Tengku Panglima Besar
  8. Tengku Musa ud-din [Musahiddin] bin Tengku 'Abdu'l Samad
  9. Tengku Ahmad Shah al-Haj ibni al-Marhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz al-Haj, Tengku Indira Setia
  10. Tengku Alam Shah Amiruddin bin Tengku Ahmad Shah
**Subject of changes


Some of the pictures of the royal family

I) The picture of Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah

II) The picture of the Raja Muda (Crown Prince), Tengku Amir Shah

Crown Prince with his mother, Nur Lisa Idris

III) The picture of Her Highness Tengku Zatashah and husband, Aubry Rahim Manneson



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