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Government fed by the people

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Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?
Corruption is so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Perak Sultan passes away

Sultan Azlan Shah (1928 - 2014)

The state of Perak mourns the passing of our beloved Sultan on Wednesday at 1.30 p.m.

He ascended the Perak throne in 1985 and became our nation's Ninth Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 1989, until 1994.

Born in Batu Gajah and studied at a local school named after his father, SMK Sultan Yussuf, it is easy to find someone who happened to be his ex-school mate (used to be, not many around at his age), or had been involved in the many events which he had attended, like the annual prize-giving day at SYS, golf tournaments at Kelab Golf Kinta or Clearwater Sanctuary Golf Resort, or at the mosque in Batu Gajah. Even my daughter, who happened to be Head Prefect of St. Bernadette Convent, had the privilege to receive a prize from him when he was invited to open a new block of classrooms at the school.

Both my wife and her brother were ex-students of SYS. When her brother was installed as President of a Rotary Club in Ipoh, he was fortunate to have the esteemed presence of both the Sultan and Raja Nazrin at the function. I can still remember the royal protocol of the arrival of Raja Nazrin's Rolls Royce, followed by the Sultan's.

Some related news reports:

Many Perakians are confused or at least do not have full details of how our Sultan is chosen. According to The Malaysian Insider:

Dewan Negara Perak to choose new Sultan

'A special sitting of the Dewan Negara Perak will be convened to appoint the successor of Sultan Azlan Shah and the state’s 35th Sultan.'

'The Dewan Negara membership consists of the sultan, Raja Muda, Raja Di Hilir, Raja Kechil Besar, Orang Besar Empat (4), Orang Besar Lapan (8), the menteri besar and the mufti.

Another 11 elders and a non-Muslim also make up the membership of the Dewan Negara.

Adib said the Bendahara, the most senior of the Orang Besar Empat, will chair the meeting.

He said under Article 6 of the State Constitution, the first choice of being appointed sultan was between the Raja Muda and Raja di Hilir.

He said failing which, the Dewan Negara could choose any of the four titled princes (Raja-Raja Bergelar).

They are Raja Kechil Besar, Raja Kechil Sulong, Raja Kechil Tengah and Raja Kechil Bongsu. The last two positions are vacant.

The current Raja Muda is Raja Nazrin Shah while the Raja Di Hilir is Raja Jaafar Raja Muza.'

Rest of the article:


'The Regent of Perak, Raja Nazrin Shah, 58, has been proclaimed the new Sultan of Perak.

The announcement was made by Orang Kaya Bendahara Seri Maharaja Gen (Rtd) Mohd Zahidi Zainuddin at the Balairong Seri (Throne Room) of the Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar today, before the remains of the late Sultan Azlan Shah were laid to rest.'

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