ALOR SETAR — Sept. 11, 2017: The nation today mourns the demise of Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah who had ruled as the Sultan of Kedah for 59 years and was twice elected Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Sultan Abdul Halim died at 2.30 pm at Istana Anak Bukit here at the age of 89.
During his rule, Sultan Abdul Halim endeared himself to the people in his unique gentle way that won him the love and respect of the people, not only in Kedah but also throughout the country.
He was born on November 28, 1927, at Istana Anak Bukit and had his early education at Sekolah Melayu Titian Gajah before entering Sultan Abdul Hamid College.
The sultan was also educated in the United Kingdom where he attended Wadham College in Oxford from 1952 to 1955, taking up social science and public administration.
It was while in the UK that he was appointed the Raja Muda of Kedah on August 6, 1949. He ascended the throne on July 14, 1958, following the death of his father, Sultan Badlishah.
He also married Sultanah Haminah Hamidun, who was proclaimed as the Sultanah of Kedah on January 9, 2004, following the death of Tuanku Bahiyah on August 27, 2003.
Sultan Abdul Halim first ruled as the fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong, from September 21, 1970, to September 20, 1975.
Thirty-six years later, on December 13, 2011, he was elected as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong and reigned until December 12, 2016.
Sultan Abdul Halim was a lover of nature and animals. He had a mini zoo where he bred various kinds of birds and animals, among them horses, deer, crocodiles, monkeys and rabbits.
Despite keeping to a busy schedule, he found time for his favourite pastime – golf — and watched football matches. — Bernama