ALOR SETAR — Sept 12, 2017: Tunku Sallehuddin Almarhum Sultan Badlishah was today proclaimed the new Sultan of Kedah to succeed his older brother Tunku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah who passed away yesterday.
Tunku Sallehuddin ascends the throne as the 29th sultan.
The proclamation was read by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md. Hanipah at Istana Anak Bukit in keeping with a decision of the Royal Council of Ascension.
Article Nine of the Kedah Constitution provides for the Royal Council of Ascension to determine the successor of the Kedah throne on the demise of the reigning sultan. The MB is the president of the council.
Following the proclamation, the Comptroller of the Royal Household/Principal Private Secretary of the Sultan of Kedah, Datuk Syed Unan Mashri Syed Abdullah, invited Tunku Sallehuddin to take his seat on the throne.
Syed Unan then hailed daulat tuanku thrice, with the audience emulating him, which was followed by the strains of the nobat royal orchestra.
Tunku Sallehuddin then touched the dais where the casket bearing the remains of Tunku Abdul Halim had been placed, signalling the start of the funeral ceremony.
Present were the Raja Puan Muda Tengku Maliha Tengku Ariff; the Tunku Bendahara Tan Sri Tunku Abdul Hamid Thani; the Tunku Temenggong Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz and the Tunku Laksamana Datuk Tengku Sarafuddin Badlishah Tunku Salehuddin.
Tunku Sallehuddin was appointed chairman of the Kedah Council of Regency to succeed Tan Sri Tunku Annuar Sultan Badlishah who died on May 21, 2014. He held the position up to last December 12.
On last December 15, Tunku Sallehuddin was proclaimed as the Raja Muda after Sultan Abdul Halim returned to Kedah following his reign as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. –
Tunku Sallehuddin was born on April 30, 1942, and attended military training in India from July 1962 to June 1963.
He was then commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Malay Regiment and promoted to lieutenant in 1964 and stationed at the 2nd Battalion Royal Malay Regiment in Pengkalan Chepa.
While in the military, he was engaged in operations along the Malaysia-Thai border in Kelantan, Kedah and Perak.
Tunku Sallehuddin and Tengku Maliha have two sons. — Bernama