Sunday, December 2, 2012

Their Majesties the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (the Supreme Ruler) of Malaysia, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah and the Raja Permaisuri Agong (the Supreme Queen) attended the wedding reception of Datuk Seri Hishammuddin's first daughter, Nasha Alyssa and her husband Muhd Anas Zawawi Khalid. Muhd Anas Zawawi is the son of Khalid Mohamad Jiwa with his first wife, Tengku Zawiyah binti Tengku Izham.

Also attended the wedding reception were Their Royal Highnesses the Sultan and Sultanah of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Syah and Sultanah Kalsom accompanied by the Tengku Mahkota (Crown Prince) of Pahang and his consort, the Tengku Puan (Crown Princess) of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah ibni Sultan Ahmad Syah and Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah. Also present in the ceremony were Their Excellency the Yang Dipertua Negeri (Head of State) of Melaka, Tun Mohd Khalil bin Yaakob and wife, Toh Puan Zurina.

Saturday, December 1, 2012


As the General Election is drawing near, it is a good time to see and reflect the Government that we have previously elect in the election. Malaysia adapted closely the Westminster system of Parliamentary Democracy where the elected representative who make up the majority in the Parliament will formed a government. In the case of Constitutional Monarchy, a reserved power were given to the monarch to appoint from the side who win at least a simple majority as the Head of Government who shall lead the Government in the name of the reigning monarch. In this series, we will see the relation between the Government and the monarch and how well both of this institution cooperate with one another in each respective State's political landscape. The first the State that we will see in the series is the State of Kelantan Darul Naim.

Kelantan since 2008

 Since the General Election 2008, the State Assembly witnessed a major changes in the seats between the serving government and the opposition. Since 1990, the State Government has always been formed by the Islamic based party, Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS). Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz bin Nik Mat, the Menteri Besar of Kelantan once again received the mandate from the Kelantanese for another term.

And compare to that of 2004, the 2008 General Election witnessed that PAS formed the Government with a landslide victory. This make the State Government can focused more on another important matter such as the 5% Oil Royalty Payment. The state claimed that they have the right and should received royalty from the oil produced on the state offshore. And, it is this stable government that help the troubling monarchy in its time of need.

When the Government swore their Oath of Allegiance in 2008, the reigning Sultan was His Royal Highness Sultan Ismail Petra II. He has ruled the State of Kelantan for almost 30 years. It is not the first and probably not the last that the Sultanate of Kelantan will witnessed problems during the succession of the crown. The health of Sultan Ismail Petra was deteriorated in 2009, led to a regency by his first son, Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra.

During the early stage of the regency, there are not much of a problem. Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra is well received by the Kelantanese. As a down to earth Crown Prince, the Kelantanese have a very deep expectation for the Regent, that he can do well as a Regent and as well as the Al-Sultan of Kelantan when the time comes. Nevertheless, the trouble soon occur when the royal family of Kelantan suffer a fate of controversial issue when the Crown Prince's sister-in-law, Manohara Odelia Pinot fled to Indonesia with her mother when they are in Singapore with her husband, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra to visit the Sultan Ismail Petra II where he was hospitalized there. And the worst is yet to come.

After the controversial issue of the wife of a Prince, another issue splat out to the royal family, and this time with the shocking news of the second wife of the Sultan, Che Puan Elia Suhana who the marriage is kept secret within the royal circles. The marriage is proved to be valid. In addition, a tug-of-war fight also arise between the Regent and his brother, Tengku Temenggung of Kelantan. The State Government has done a good job not to intervened with the Palace's affairs. But after almost a year with a problematic monarchy, it has come to a boiling point where the State Government has billed out an amendment to the State Constitution regarding the regency where any Sultan which proved incapacitate more than a year need to abdicate the throne. During the State Assembly session, both the government and opposition alike unanimously in favour of the amendment.

Thus, without much hardship, Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra were proclaimed as the Al-Sultan of Kelantan with a reigning name of Sultan Muhammad V. Even though during the early stage of His Royal Highness ascended the throne, there are several attempt to challenge the validity of the succession, the position of Sultan is secured especially when the Conference of Ruler acknowledge the position of Sultan Muhammad V as the new Sultan of Kelantan.

Nevertheless the role played by the Government of Kelantan during the royal family feud is something to be praised. It is very hard to see a Government that willing to help the monarchy and upholding the royal institution. Until next time with another episode of His Royal Highness's Government.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah attended the Selangor State Level of Maal Hijrah Celebration 1434 held at the State Mosque of Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah in Shah Alam yesterday. The Sultan alongside the congregation present at the mosque prayed the End of Year prayers yesterday. 

picture from Bernama. 

Her Royal Highness the Raja Puan Besar (Crown Princess) of Perak, Tuanku Zara Salim Davidson graced the Perak State Level Deepavali Celebration held at the Official Residence of the Menteri Besar yesterday. The Crown Princess were accompanied by the wife of the Perak's Menteri Besar, Datin Seri Saripah Zulkifli. In the event, the Crown Princess consented to deliver the contribution in form of 'duit raya' to the orphans of Precious Gift Home. 

In the picture, the Crown Princess mingled with one of the orphan of Precious Gift Home, K. Darshana.

Picture from Bernama.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Queen's new apperance

Our Constitutional Monarchy probably is heading towards the right direction from time to time, and also according to what the people wanted from their respective King and Queen. The new appearance of our beloved Queen, Her Royal Highness the Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia, Tuanku Hajah Haminah is one good example, changing from a free-hair Queen to wearing a Hijab upon her arrival from the Makkah on 31st October 2012. The King and Queen of Malaysia departed to Makkah on last 19th September 2012 to performed the Hajj.

The Queen changed of appearance also can be seen during the State Banquet in conjunction of the 230th Conference of Rulers meeting at the Istana Negara on 8th November 2012.

Another of Her Majesty appearance is during the reception ceremony of Malaysian World No. 1 Badminton player, Datuk Lee Chong Wei on 9th November 2012.

From Radin's Blog, we congratulate the Queen on her changes of appearance to the better. As far as the people are concern, Malaysian are really happy to see Her Majesty as the third Queen to wear the Hijab on daily life.

Daulat Tuanku
Long Live the King

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Muslims nationwide celebrated Aidiladha today on a moderate scale and in appreciation of sacrifice as required by Islamic teachings. Aidiladha is of great significance for Muslims worldwide and is celebrated in memory of the sacrifice made by the prophets Ibrahim and Ismail in obeying Allah. Fine weather in the morning enabled Muslims to perform their prayers comfortably, followed by the sacrificial offerings carried out at mosques, villages and housing estates. The Meteorological Department has, however, forecast isolated rain and thunderstorms in several states later in the day. This year, Aidiladha fell on the holy day of Friday and Muslims congregated again at mosques for the Friday prayers.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah joined millions of Muslims from around the world in performing the Haj this year.

In KELANTAN, Sultan Muhammad V performed prayers with about 5,000 people at the Muhammadi Mosque in Kota Baharu, led by the Grand Imam, Mohamad Hanafizi Abdullah, of the Kelantan Islamic Affairs and Malay Customs Council.

In TERENGGANU, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin performed prayers with more than a 1,000 people at the Al-Muktafi Billah Shah Mosque in Ladang, Kuala Terengganu. He was accompanied by other members of the royal family and Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said.

In PERAK, the Regent of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, and Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir joined about 1,000 people for the prayers at the Abu Bakar As-Siddiq Mosque at the General Operations Force Camp in Ulu Kinta. Raja Dr Nazrin Shah is also scheduled to officially open the Hidayatul Ummah Mosque in Kota Lama Kiri, Kuala Kangsar, and join the congregation there for the Friday prayers.

The state government organised annual sacrificial offering programme 'Korban Perdana' managed to collect RM1.17 million from various state agencies and statutory bodies. The funds were used to buy livestock for sacrifice at state and district level.

In PAHANG, the Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, and the Tengku Puan of Pahang, Tengku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Sultan Iskandar, joined about 2,000 people who congregated at the Sultan Haji Ahmad 1 State Mosque. Also present were Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, state executive councillors and government officers. The prayers were led by Pahang Mufti Datuk Abdul Rahman Osman.

In SELANGOR, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah performed prayers with about 20,000 people at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque. Also present was Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim. The mosque's Grand Imam, Ustaz Ahmad Mustafa Mohd Sidin Al-Muqri, led the prayers. The congregation also included foreign Muslim students from the Al-Madinah International University and foreign workers.

In NEGERI SEMBILAN, the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir, joined about 500 people for prayers at the Tuanku Munawir Royal Mosque in Seri Menanti. He was accompanied by the Tunku Ampuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Aishah Rohani Binti Tengku Besar Mahmud and several other members of the royal family. Their Majesties then attended a 'tahlil' ceremony at the Seri Menanti Royal Mausoleum. Tuanku Muhriz also attended the sacrificial offering ceremony at the mosque.

In MELAKA, Governor Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob joined a congregation of about 7,000 for prayers at the Al-Azim Mosque in Melaka city. Also present was Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam. The state-sponsored sacrificial offering of 19 cows would be held at the mosque tomorrow.

In PULAU PINANG, the Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas performed the Aidiladha prayers at the Masjid Haji Abdullah Fahim in Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang. Also present was the Former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

In SABAH, Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin joined about 5,000 people for prayers at the State Mosque in Sembulan, Kota Kinabalu. Also present were community leaders and heads of state and federal government departments.

In SARAWAK, Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng and wife, Toh Puah Rokiah Abdullah performed the Aidiladha prayers at the Masjid Jamek Kuching. Also present were Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife, Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib, and other Sarawak cabinet ministers.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The State of Sabah yesterday celebrated the 59th Birthday Celebration of the Yang Dipertua Negeri (Head of State) of Sabah, Tun Juhar Mahiruddin. In conjunction with the birthday celebration, an investiture ceremony was held at Istana Negeri where 905 recipients were enlist to receive the state honorary medal and title. The first in the list was the wife of the Yang Dipertua Negeri, Toh Puan Norlidah RM Jasni who received the order of 'Seri Panglima Darjah Kinabalu (SPDK)' that carries the title 'Datuk Seri Panglima'. She is one of two recipients received the order, where the other one was Chief Secretary to the Government, Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa. 

A total of 55 people are awarded the Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK) which carries the title 'Datuk'. They are Kundasang state assemblyman Dr Joachim Gunsalam, Lumadan state assemblyman Kamarlin Ombi, Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ab Aziz Kasim, Sabah branch Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) director Dr Abdul Kadir Rosline, Sabah Housebuyers Claim Tribunal president Ahmad Sedik, Sabah Umno Youth chief Awang Kadin Tang, Parti Bersatu Sabah assist secretary-general Daniel Kinsik, Korperasi Pembangunan Desa (KPD) director-general Datu Basrun Datu Mansur, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib, permanent secretary of Industrial Development Ministry Hashim Paijan, singer John Gaisah (posthumous), Sabah Wildlife Department director Laurentius Nayan Ambu, the father of the Yang Dipertua Negeri, Mahiruddin Hussin, Sabah Immigration director Mohamad Mentek, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mohd Harun Abdullah, veteran politician Onn Ariffin, Tenom Wanita Umno chief Datin Rahmah Jan Sulaiman Khan and treasurer of Sabah Bumiputera Chamber of Commerce, Roselan Johar Mohamed.

Other PGDK recipients are New Straits Times Press group managing editor Abdul Jalil Abdul Hamid, Dr Amin Senin, Anthony Koshy, Basra Abdul Rahman, Major (K) Chin Kee Yong @ Peter, Chu Fui Khin @ William Chu, Ganesh Nandy A/L BB Nandy, Glen Reynolds, Hsieh Yang Vui, Jangson Boijol @ Jackson Alexius, Jerry WA Dusing @ Jerry W. Patel, John Lo Thau Fah, Juhari Haron, Juil Nuatim, Reverend Bishop Bersara Julius Dusin Gitom, Liew Siew Kian, Lim Tiong Chai, Ling Nga Ming @ Mary Ling, Mary E Dupanggol @ Aminah Ambrose, Mary Theresa Kinajil, Mohamad Farid Linggi, Dr Mohd Yusof Ibrahim, Rosmadi Ismail, Salleh Janan, Shah Headan Ayoob Hussain Shah, Sim Men Kin @ Andrew Sim, Dr Soo Thian Lian, Sulaiman Omar, Thien Sin Min @ Peter, Ting Huat Kiing, Wee Kok Hui, Wong Kian Kheong, Wong Tuck Wai, Yong Foo San, Yong Soo Pin @ Yong Su Ping, Yusoff HM Haniff and Zulkifli Jaafar.

Kota Kinabalu Mayor Datuk Abdidin Madingkir lead the Justice of Peace (JP) list of nine people. The others are Sabah Puteri Umno chief Musliati Moslimin, Sabah Umno Youth deputy chief Md Joh Wid, Chin Tai Kong, Dirih @ Sebatian Anjim, Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim, Jane Manjaji @ Marilyn, Lee Pong Choi and Lim Thein Phin @ Kevin. Among the 69 recipients of Ahli Setia Darjah Kinabalu (ASDK) are Sabah Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) bureau chief Newmond Tibin, Sabah Information Department director Almain Ajirul, Sabah Special Affairs Department director Abdul Manap Lakariba, popular singer Abu Bakar Ellah and former national football striker Hasan Sani.

Among the recipients of the Ahli Darjah Kinabalu (ADK) are Sabah bodybuilder Aricco Jumith and former Sabah bodybuilding champion Justine Sompong. Media practitioners who will receive the Bintang Setia Kinabalu (BSK) are Carolyn Maurice (Chief Minister's Department), Bernama stringer Ismail Lamo, New Sabah Times journalist Marryan Razan, Utusan Borneo journalist Siti Aisyah Narudin and Zaidi Jamin (Sabah Information Department).

Their Majesties Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah arrived home Friday after a five-day state visit to Japan. Their majesties arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport's (KLIA) Bunga Raya Complex, here, at 6.45pm. Also present to receive them was Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung.

The King and Queen's programme while in Japan included visiting Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, attending the state banquet, receiving Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and wife Hitomi Noda and meeting the Malaysian community at a dinner function. The visit was at the invitation of Emperor Akihito to give the opportunity for both heads of state to strengthen their personal ties and friendship formed since Emperor Akihito's visit to Malaysia in 1970 as the Crown Prince of Japan. At that time, Tuanku Abdul Halim was the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Also in the royal entourage were Tunku Temenggong of Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Sallehuddin ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, Toh Puan Temenggong of Kedah Puan Sri Tengku Maliha Tengku Ariff and Tunku Panglima Besar of Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, with Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin as the accompanying minister.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Their Majesties the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah concluded their five-day state visit to Japan Friday and departed Tokyo for Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian Ambassador to Japan Datuk Shaharuddin Md Som and his wife, Datin Norasikin Hashim, as well as Malaysian embassy officials were present at the Haneda International Airport to bid farewell to Their Majesties.

The royal entourage included the Tunku Temenggong of Kedah, Tan Sri Tunku Sallehuddin ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, Toh Puan Temenggong of Kedah Puan Sri Tengku Maliha Tengku Ariff and Tunku Panglima Besar of Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah.

Earlier, Tuanku Abdul Halim and Tuanku Hajah Haminah had a farewell audience with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan at the Akasaka Guest Palace here. Also present was Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, who is the minister-in-attendance.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah, who began a five-day state visit to Japan Monday, visited the Tokyo Skytree Tower Tuesday. Their Majesties were greeted upon arrival at the tower by the president of Tobu Tower Skytree Co Ltd, Michiaki Suzuki.

The royal couple then took a ride on a high-speed (600 metres per second) elevator to the observatory deck on the 350th floor of the needle-shaped structure. The observatory deck or Tembo Deck offers a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of the city of Tokyo. Their Majesties then took another elevator ride to the 450-metre-high Tembo Gallery. Dubbed the 'world's highest skywalk', the Tembo Gallery consists of a sloping spiral ramp that gains height as it circles the tower.

The Tokyo Skytree Tower or Tokyo Sukaitsuri, which serves as a broadcast tower for television and radio and also serves as a tourist attraction, is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's tallest tower, standing at a height of 634 metres. Opened on May 22 this year, it replaces the 333-metre-tall Tokyo Tower, a symbol of Japan's capital city since 1958, as the broadcast hub. Operated by Tobu Tower Skytree Co Ltd, the tower has seismic proofing, including a central shaft made of reinforced concrete. Other facilities located here are shops, restaurants, a university campus and an aquarium.

In the afternoon, Tuanku Abdul Halim attended a luncheon organised by five economic associations, namely the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), Japan Business Federation, Japan Association of Corporate Executives, Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) and Japan-Malaysia Business Corporation Committee.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (the Supreme Ruler) of Malaysia, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah attended the Friday Prayer at the National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur yesterday.  Also attended the prayer were Brid. Gen Datuk Mustafa Abdul Manaf who delivered a sermon entitled "Malaysian Armed Forces: Our Commitment, Your Confidence" in conjunction with 79th anniversary of ATM.

After the prayer, His Majesty shakes hand with the congregation present during the prayer.

picture from Bernama

Saturday, September 15, 2012

This afternoon, I just finally get a hold of a public holiday which is very hard to come by in this period of time. My hectic working life just getting even worse. Nevertheless, with the arrival of a meaningful Malaysia Day tomorrow gives me 2 days of public holiday. Especially with the decision from our Project Manager here in Bakun stated that holiday will follow to that of our Main Contractor. (Amending the previous decision from our Construction Manager which wants us to working continuously 7-day a week!). And, the Site Supervisor from our Main Contractor also wish me a happy weekend. It is the month of September, and I will cover several main event that occur in Malaysia, especially around our royalty circle.

First of all, on previous 8th September 2012, it is the 91st Birthday Celebration of His Excellency the Yang Dipertua Negeri (Head of State) of Sarawak, Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin bin Abang Barieng. The Yang Dipertua Negeri, commonly refer to as 'TYT' by the local here in Sarawak, are commonly popular. He is also the first of any Yang Dipertua Negeri in Malaysia who serves twice as the Head of State.


Wishing His Excellency will be bestow a long live and may long he served for his people. Just imagine ruling the State which even larger that the peninsular of Malaysia but with a scarcely populated region of 2.5 million people. Really challenging if you ask me.

And another important events occur in the month of September is the visit from the most popular royal couple in the world, Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. It is in conjunction of the Diamond Jubilee celebration of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The visit also encouraging due to the fact that the Princess William wearing a scarf. How lovely to see a royal princess wearing a scarf.

Another important and historical event is the Malaysia Day celebration on 16th September. The day where Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah federate with the existing States of the Federation of Malaya and the new federation later known as Malaysia. It is a hotly discussed topic around this week I presume, especially the fact of whether Sarawak and Sabah exist as a Country in par of the Federation of Malaya or a State in par status with 11 States in the Malaysia peninsular.

After staying in Sarawak for about 3 months now, I would presume that Sarawak exist as a Country in par status with Sabah and Federation of Malaya is not a bad idea. After all, the State is exceptionally huge and have an abundant sources of natural resources. Whatever the definition may be, I let the politician to deside. For me.. I would say Sarawak and Sabah still have the par status with the 11 States of Federation of Malaya.

This is because, in 1948 Malaya exist as a Federation of Malaya and no longer a Malayan Union. Where the 11 States still exist as a separate British Protectorate which each of one have a same status as a single Crown Colony. For example, The State of Johor under the agreement with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland during the reign of Queen Victoria acknowledge Johor as an independent State in par with Great Britain (The same status bestowed to Sarawak in 1850).

Well, it is just my personal view anyway. For me, rather that debating about status, lets just focusing our energy to make Malaysia a better place to live.

Selamat Hari Malaysia
Happy Malaysia Day

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Happy Eid-Fitri 2012

Assalamualaikum and Peace be upon all of you.
Welcome to my blog.

I would like to appreciate all of my blog visitors, followers and blogwalkers who always coming here and giving support to me all these years. Currently, I am already returned to my parent house in Johor to celebrate Eid-Fitri, which is just around the corner. This is my first post in the month of August, seriously I can't get myself to update the blog due to other commitment especially my hectic work schedule this previous 2 weeks. Just when I want to go home and take a holiday for Hari Raya, why it must be also the when it getting really busy? Nobody knows.

Hari Raya Eid-Fitri for Muslims is about celebrating the success of performing fasting in the month of Ramadhan. So, if the commoners are virtually going holiday, returning back to home and celebrate Hari Raya with family members, what is the royalty do during this period of time? Commonly, they celebrating it with the people. Reducing the burden of the unfortunate is all about the job of royalty during the month of Ramadhan.

Lets see some of the example of what our royalty do. For example, breaking fast ceremony with the people. The Johor Royalty is among the first to take this opportunity, with the program of 'Kembara Ramadhan Diraja Johor'. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant, as long as the people are concern, anything simple and humble such as buying food in the Ramadhan Bazaar for breaking fast is more than enough.

And, the simple way in the Ramadhan will always change into something festive and entertaining such as the Hari Raya Open House. Well, we will see how our royalty will performed their duties well for the people in the future. In the system of Constitutional Monarchy, the royalty is not about ruling the nation because their role is simply ceremonial. Their main functions is about being a role model and social-services to the people.

Allahu Akbar, Daulat Tuanku and Long Live the King.

pictures from Kesultanan Johor facebook.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

His Royal Highness the Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir graced the Breaking Fast Ceremony organized by Malaysian Army Royal Signal Regimen (Rejimen Semboyan Diraja, RSD) at Wisma Perwira in the Federal Capital Kuala Lumpur, yesterday. His Royal Highness were accompanied by his royal consort, Her Royal Highness the Tunku Ampuan Besar (Queen) of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Aishah Rohani binti Almarhum Tengku Besar Mahmud and his first son, His Royal Highness the Tengku Besar of Seri Menanti, Tunku Ali Redhauddin.

Also attended the ceremony were the Kor Commander of RSD, General Datuk Zulkiflee Mazlan.

picture from Bernama

His Royal Highness the Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Perak, Raja Nazrin Shah attended the Breaking Fast Ceremony with Judges, Uniform Units and Law Enforcers at Istana Iskandariah in the royal city Kuala Kangsar. Also attended the ceremony were the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Ismail Omar; the Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Perak, Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and Commander of the Armed Forces, General Datuk Zulkifli Zainal Abidin.

picture from Bernama

Saturday, July 28, 2012

His Royal Highness the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah graced the breaking fast ceremony with the Pahang customs members and the children of Sultanah Hajah Kalsom children's home in the ceremony held in Kuantan, Pahang. Also accompanied the Sultan were His Royal Highness the Tengku Mahkota (Crown Prince) of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah. His Royal Highness the Sultan also consented in the ceremony to deliver daily necessity to the member of the customs and children of Sultanah Hajah Kalsom children's home.

picture from Bernama

His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah attended the Yaasin and Tahlil Recitation in conjunction with the Warriors Day Celebration held at Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah in the capital city Shah Alam, Selangor. Accompanied the Sultan were His Royal Highness the Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah and the Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Selangor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

picture from Bernama

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pulau Pinang Investiture Day

In conjunction of the 74th Birthday Celebration of His Excellency the Yang Dipertua Negeri (Head of State) of Pulau Pinang, the State witnessed an investiture ceremony held at Dewan Sri Pinang, George Town yesterday. 1,136 recipients were invested with the State Honorary Medal and Award. The first in the list is the Chief Justice of Malaysia, Tun Arifin Zakaria who is the sole recipient of the Order of Darjah Utama Pangkuan Negeri (DUPN) which carries the title 'Datuk Seri Utama'.

Three individuals were conferred the Darjah Panglima Pangkuan Negeri (DPPN) which carries the title 'Datuk Seri'. They are Tan Sri Lee Kim Tiong @ Lee Kim who is the founder of Country Heights Group of Companies, Datuk Seri Kelvin Kwong Sen who is the Chairman of Mini-Circuits Technology Malaysia and Chairman of Magni-tech Industries Bhd, Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping.

Eight other recipients been conferred the Order of Anugerah Darjah Gemilang Pangkuan Negeri (DGPN) which also carries the title 'Datuk Seri'. They are the Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Pertahanan Malaysia, Left. Gen. Datuk Wira Allatif Mohamed Noor, Chairman of Kumpulan Barkath Sdn Bhd, Datuk Barkath Abu Backer, Executive Chairman of Kah Motor Company Sdn Bhd, Datuk Loh Cheng Yean, Islamic Law expert, Datuk Md Yusup Che Teh and Founder of Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi, Cheng Yen. Also received the order were Penang High Court Judge, Datuk Zakaria Sam, Commander of Army, Gen Datuk Zulkifli Zainal Abidin and former Chairman of Penang Port Commission, Datuk Zainol Abidin Salleh.

Five individuals received the Darjah Yang Mulia Pangkuan Negeri (DMPN) which carries the title 'Datuk'. They are Keeper of the Royal Seal, Datuk Syed Daniel Syed Ahmad, Chief Operations Officer of Tabung Haji, Datuk Kamarudin Mat Ali, Vice-Chairman of Penang Goodwill Consultative Council, Datuk Azmi Merican, Managing Director of Manikkam Enterprise, Datuk Suppiah Manikkam and Chairman of South Georgetown Scouts Association, Datuk Dr Yee Thiam Sun.

Also included in the list received the order of Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN) (57 people), Darjah Johan Negeri (DJN) (67 people), Bintang Cemerlang Negeri (BCN) (33 people), Pingat Kelakuan Terpuji (PKT) (178 people), Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (PJK) (341 people), Pingat Jasa Masyarakat (PJM) (332 people) and Pingat Bakti Setia (PBS) (114 people).

pictures from Bernama

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Their Majesties the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (the Supreme Ruler) of Malaysia, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah and the Raja Permaisuri Agong (the Supreme Queen) of Malaysia, Tuanku Hajah Haminah graced the 54th International Tilawah Al-Quran held at Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur, yesterday. 62 competitors from all over the world participate in this year Tilawah. This year ceremony also witnessed the first ever participation from three countries, Belgium, Ghana and Tanzania.

Kelantan's born Muhammad Annuar Ghazali, 36, emerges as the winner of the 54th International Tilawah Al-Quran in Qari category. He who recites the Surah Al-Hud gains 95.33% defeating the runner up, Amin Pouya from Iran who gains 91.67%. The third place is Raden Harmoko Baharudin from Indonesia who gains 90.16% marks.

In the Qariah category, Moroccan Hasnae Khoulali,19, emerged as a winner with 94% marks, the same with the second and third place. The recitation of the Al-Quran is the key of securing her in the first place. The second place is Rahmawati Bakri Hunawa from Indonesia and in the third place is Che Aminah Che Awang from Malaysia.

The prize of the first place from both categories were presented by His Majesty Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah in a form of cash prize RM40,000 with trophy, souvenir and certificate. The second prize received a cash prize of RM30,000 and the third place received RM20,000. Also present in the Tilawah Al-Quran was the Chairman of the Tilawah, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

picture from Bernama

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Their Royal Highnesses the Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail and consort, the Raja Puan Muda (Crown Princess) of Perlis, Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen Akashah binti Khalil Akashah attended the Charity Concert of "One Child One Hope" held in Kuala Lumpur, yesterday. The group of Smart Reader Kids entertained the concert which is also attended by the CEO of Smart Reader Kids Sdn Bhd, Datuk Richard Ong.

In the ceremony, the royal couple also consented to witness the presentation ceremony of Malaysian Book of Records certificate by Datuk Danny Ooi to the CEO of Smart Reader Kids.

picture from Bernama

His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (the Supreme Ruler) of Malaysia, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah attended the passing-out parade of Malaysian Royal Air force cadet Diploma class 2012 held at Air Force college in Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang. In the ceremony, His Majesty inspecting the Guard-of-honour mounted by 34 cadets of diploma class 2012. The Supreme Ruler also presented the Best Overall Award winner to Cadet Sarjan Mohammad Syaaban Zainal Abidin.

Also attended the ceremony were Commander of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, Tan Sri Rodzali Daud.

picture from Bernama.

Floria 2012

Her Majesty the Raja Permaisuri Agong (the Supreme Queen) of Malaysia, Tuanku Hajah Haminah officiated the Putrajaya Flower Festival (Floria 2012) held at Presint 2, Putrajaya yesterday. The festival taking "Bunga Kertas - Tetap Menawan" (Baugenvilla : Always Charming) as its themed exhibit almost 400,000 trees and flowers of various species from all over the world. The festival will be held for nine days, and receive participation from 16 international florist designers from Australia, Taiwan, Indonesia, The Philippines, China, Netherlands, United States and United Kingdom.

The Queen also spent about an hour visiting the exhibitions. The festival were organized by Perbadanan Putrajaya with the support of Ministry of Federal Territories and Urban Well-Being.

picture from Bernama.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

History of Sarawak

At last, for the first time after more than 2 weeks, I'm finally able to update the blog. Currently, I am starting my new life as an engineer in the largest state in Malaysia, Sarawak. This magnificent land also fondly known as 'the Land of Hornbill' is larger than any other state in Malaysia, bigger even if compare to the whole Malaysian peninsular. And, I think it is only right to present about the State's history in my first blog update. In present day, Sarawak is one of four non-monarchy State in Malaysia. Nevertheless, the State is very much exist as a Sultanate and a Kingdom before exist as a non-monarchy State in 1946.

The State for a brief period of time exist as a Sultanate of Sarawak before becoming a territory in the Sultanate of Brunei. Later in 1841, the State becoming a Kingdom ruled by the White Rajah of Sarawak until the abdication of Charles Vyner Brooke, the last White Rajah of Sarawak in 1946.


Since the early age, Sarawak was under the ruled of the Sultanate of Brunei. Previously, the size of Sarawak is only limited to the area from Tanjung Datu in the west to Samarahan River in the east.

Sultanate of Sarawak

The Sultanate were only ruled by a single Sultan, Sultan Tengah who is the first and last Sultan of Sarawak. Sultan Tengah was installed by the Sultan of Brunei at that time, Sultan Abd Jalilul Akbar who is also his elder brother. When their father, Sultan Muhammad died in 1598, Pangeran Muda Tengah claimed that he is the rightful heir to the crown. His claimant based on the fact that he was born after their father became Sultan while his brother was not. In other word, when Sultan Abd Jalilul Akbar was born, he was only the son of a Prince. While Pangeran Muda Tengah when he was born, was the son of a Sultan.

To prevent any bloody tragedy occur, Sultan Abd Jalilul Akbar proclaimed his brother as the Sultan of Sarawak, taking a reigning name of Sultan Tengah. Sultan Tengah died in 1641 and the Sultanate of Sarawak ended. He was assassinated during his travel on his way back to Sarawak from Makun. The descendant of Sultan Tengah ruled the State of Sambas located at present day West Kalimantan, Indonesia. The Prince of Sultan Tengah, Radin Sulaiman becomes the Sultan of Sambas on 9th July 1631, 10 years before the death of his father. Below is the tomb of Sultan Tengah of Sarawak

Kingdom of Sarawak

The Kingdom of Sarawak was founded in 1841 when James Brooke were proclaimed has the Rajah of Sarawak by Pangeran Muda Hashim as a reward for his service in defeating pirates and insurgents. James Brooke later established an independent Kingdom of Sarawak and expand the territory by acquiring the other territory belong to the Sultanate of Brunei. The Kingdom of Sarawak were ruled by three White Rajahs of the Brooke dynasty.

  1. James of Sarawak (1841 - 1868)
  2. Charles of Sarawak (1868 - 1917)
  3. Vyner of Sarawak (1917 - 1946)
The Brooke Dynasty had left many of its legacy in their over 100 years of ruled. Here is the Royal Family of Sarawak during the reign of Charles Vyner Brooke.

While below is the last Rajah Muda of Sarawak, Anthony Brooke

That's all for this article. Until next time.

Friday, June 1, 2012

A brief time-off

Assalamualaikum and Peace be upon all of you.
Welcome to my blog.

Happy a brand new month of June 2012 from me as the writer of Radin's Blog. And in this brief blog update, I would like to express my gratitude to my blog's visitors, followers and blogwalkers who visited this site. With 1,500 clicks daily, it is the main reason why I have the determination to continue updating the Royal Portal. Also included in my aim since the blog's first re-branding in 2010, is to promote the Malaysian Royal Families and the significance of Constitutional Monarchy system that we adapt since the country's independence in 1957.

Today, I would like to announce that, I will take a few weeks time off from the blogging world. This is because of I would be reallocate to another place within this several weeks. And I need to be settled down and relatively stable in the new place, before I can continue to update the blog. And even though if I can resume the blog, probably I need to minimize the post and only limited to important events. The new place probably will restrain my time as I need to make my job as my main priority.

I will continue my effort to improve this Royal Portal in the future. Thank you for your support all this time. (Don't be despair, as I will continue to update the blog from time to time. Probably with the reduce of number of post.)

That's all for now

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

WWW 1 to the Sultan of Johor

His Royal Highness the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar gets the new plate number registration of WWW 1 after won his bidding at RM520,000. The Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ), Road Transport Department yesterday released the list of the winning bids and bidders of the WWW series auction held between April 30 and May 14, 2012. Another royal who also in the list is His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (the Supreme Ruler) of Malaysia, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah who won the number WWW 5. The fame of the prefix stems from the world of technology, as WWW stands for World Wide Web. It is to date the most expensive number which breaks the previous record of MCA 1 in 2010 worth of RM300,100.

Its caused a mild uproar in the world of social websites, namely the facebook as the public who were in favour and against with the Sultan actions of bidding the number clashed with one another. Including who commenting not in a favour with the recent development is the former Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Perak who in his twitter commenting that the RM500,000 can be used for better purposes for the rakyat, like building 20 houses for the poor.

Meanwhile, the Tunku Mahkota (Crown Prince) of Johor also commenting about it, stating that the Johor Royal Family even though received the allowances from the State Government, all the money were transferred to the Foundation of Sultan Iskandar and Foundation of Sultan Ibrahim. The Crown Prince also comment that, he personally since the time he was the Raja Muda of Johor, never took a single cents from the Government until this very day.

Monday, May 28, 2012

His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (the Supreme Ruler) of Malaysia, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah received the Federal Contribution for the State of Kedah Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam, State of Kedah Islamic Religious Affairs Department worth of RM49,93,868.00. The Federal Government were represented by the Minister at the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom handed down the replica check to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in a ceremony held at Istana Anak Bukit, Kedah. It was witnessed by the Councillor-General of Regency, His Royal Highness the Tunku Bendahara of Kedah, Tunku Annuar ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah.

In the same ceremony, His Majesty also delivered the zakat payment from Tabung Haji worth of RM3,279,105.03 to the Secretary of State, Datuk Wira Rasli Basir.

pictures from Bernama


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