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Raja Muda is proclaimed Kedah's new Sultan
Published on: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Alor Setar: Tunku Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah was proclaimed the 29th Sultan of Kedah Tuesday.

He is a younger brother of Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah who passed away on Monday.

His Royal Highness is the ninth child of the late Sultan Badlishah Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah who ruled Kedah from 1943 to 1958.

Sultan Badlishah had seven sons and seven daughters. Tunku Sallehuddin, 75, was born on April 30, 1942, and attended the College of Military Engineering in Pune, India.

His deep interest in military affairs drove him to opt for cadet training and he was sent to India to undergo military training at the Military Academy of India in Dehradun from July 23, 1962, to June 30, 1963.

Tunku Sallehuddin was subsequently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Malay Regiment on Oct 23, 1963. He was promoted to lieutenant on Feb 12, 1964, and stationed at the 2nd Battalion Royal Malay Regiment in Pengkalan Chepa, Kota Bharu.

During his service with the military, His Royal Highness was engaged in various operations along the common border with Thailand in the states of Kelantan, Kedah, and Perak.

Tunku Sallehuddin also holds several key positions, among them Chancellor of the Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences and President of the Kedah Islamic Religous Council.

He married Tengku Maliha Tengku Ariff and they are blessed with two sons.

Tunku Sallehuddin succeeded Tunku Abdul Malik Almarhum Sultan Badlishah as the Raja Muda of Kedah following the latter's demise at the age of 86 on Nov 29, 2015. He was also the Chairman of the Kedah Council of Regency, having been appointed to succeed Tan Sri Tunku Annuar Sultan Badlishah who passed away on May 21, 2014.

The State Government and the people of Sabah offered condolences to all members of the Kedah Darul Aman royal family over the passing of Tuanku Sultan Al-Mu'tassimu Billahi Muhibuddin Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzzam Shah Al-Haj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman in a statement issued described Sultan Abdul Halim as a polite and loving person who always had a heart for his people.

"We share the sadness of the government and the people of Kedah over his passing," he said.

Sultan Abdul Halim, who ruled Kedah for 59 years, passed away at Istana Anak Bukit on Monday.

He was 89.

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