KUALA LUMPUR: The Sultan of Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah passed away today at 2.30pm at the Istana Anak Bukit, in Alor Setar.
He was 89. Tuanku Abdul Halim was born on November 28, 1927 and would have turned 90 this year.
Tuanku Abdul Halim was appointed heir apparent to the Kedah Sultanate in 1949 and was proclaimed as the 27th Sultan of Kedah following his father Sultan Badlishah’s death in 1958.
Having been the Sultan of Kedah for more than 50 years, this made him the second longest-reigning living monarch in the world after Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah was installed as the fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia from 1970 to 1975. He also reigned as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 2011, making him the first to reign as Yang di-Pertuan Agong twice.
Tuanku Abdul Halim was previously married to Tuanku Hajah Bahiyah Tuanku Abdul Rahman, who died in 2003, and they both had three princesses, Tunku Soraya, Tunku Sarina and Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz.
In 1975, Tuanku Abdul Halim married Che Puan Hajah Haminah Hamidun and in 2004, she was proclaimed as the new Sultanah of Kedah.
Tuanku Abdul Halim received his early education at Alor Merah and Titi Gajah Malay schools and the Sultan Abdul Hamid College from 1946 to 1948 before pursuing his tertiary education at Wadham College, Oxford where he graduated with a Diploma in Social Science and Public Administration.
He later joined the Kedah Administrative Service, where he served in the Alor Setar district office and the state treasury. – MO