Kuala Lumpur – Kedah Sultan,Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah,89, has passed away at 2.30pm in Istana Anak Bukit, Alor Setar Kedah on Monday.
Tuanku Abdul Halim was the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong until December 2016, and was replaced by Kelantan ruler, Sultan Muhamad V.
The Kedah ruler had made history when he became the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for twice, in 1970-1975 and 2011until 2016. He was the Sultan of Kedah for 59 years.
Tuanku Abdul Halim was born on November 28, 1927. On July 14, 1958, he ascended the throne of Kedah after the demise of his father, Sultan Badlishah ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah. He was installed as the Sultan of Kedah on February 20, 1959.
He studied at Sekolah Melayu Titi Gajah for his early education and then went to the Sultan Abdul Hamid College in Alor Setar.
Tuanku Abdul Halim attended Wadham College, Oxford, in London in 1952 when he was the Raja Muda of Kedah, and graduated in social science and public administration.
On March 10, 1956, Tuanku Abdul Halim married Tuanku Hajah Bahiyah Tuanku Abdul Rahman and they had three princesses, Tunku Soraya, Tunku Sarina and Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz. Tunku Sarina has since passed away.
Tuanku Abdul Halim married Che Puan Hajah Haminah Hamidun after the passing of Tuanku Sultanah Bahyah on August 26, 2003. Hajah Haminah was proclaimed the new Sultanah of Kedah on January 9, 2004, with the title Tuanku Sultanah Hajah Haminah.
Following the passing of Kedah Sultan, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in a statement requested the Malaysian flag to be flown at half mast for two days in a row starting on the burial day on Tuesday 12th September 2017 which is 21 Zulhijjah 1438 Hijrah.
Najib also expressed his deepest condolences to Sultanah Kedah, Tuanku Hajah Haminah Hamidun , the children and the kin of the Kedah ruler.
The Prime Minister said, when Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah served as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, his majesty carried his responsibilities with commitment and following the code of conduct in line with the constitutional monarchy principles. –Malaysia World News