PERAK ruler Sultan Nazrin Shah has taken the oath of office today for the third time as the deputy king – a role he has performed with distinction since 2016.
During the 263rd (Special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers in October last year, Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar was elected as the 17th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, while Sultan Nazrin was re-elected as the deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong for a five-year term starting today.
Sultan Ibrahim and Sultan Nazrin took their oath and signed the instrument of office at Istana Negara today, signalling their unwavering dedication to serving the nation.
Sultan Nazrin has been fulfilling the responsibilities of deputy king with utmost diligence, and his reappointment to this role is a testament to his outstanding performance.
His Highness had served as the deputy king when Sultan Muhammad V ascended the federal throne as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 2016 and retained the role during Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah’s reign as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong which began in 2019, further highlighting his invaluable contribution to the royal institution.
The sultan was born Raja Nazrin Shah on Nov 27, 1956, in Georgetown, Penang and became the Crown Prince of Perak on April 15, 1987.
Upon the demise of his father, Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah, on May 28, 2014, the Dewan Negara Perak (Council of State) proclaimed Raja Nazrin as the 35th sultan of Perak, styled as Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.
His enthronement, almost a year later, took place on May 6, 2015.
Besides his constitutional duties, Sultan Nazrin has served as co-chair of the United Nations High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing 2015. He was Malaysia’s special envoy for Interfaith and Inter-civilisational Dialogue at the UN Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC).
At home, His Highness is the chancellor of Universiti Malaya. He is also the colonel-in-chief of the Regiment of Royal Engineers and of the Royal Medical Corps in the armed forces.
Sultan Nazrin is an honorary fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, and of Magdalene College and St Edmund’s College, both in Cambridge.
He is a trustee of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford; royal fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Defense and Security; royal fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Strategic and International Studies; royal fellow of the Institute of Public Security of Malaysia; royal patron of the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations of Malaysia; and royal patron (formerly, financial ambassador) of the Malaysia International Islamic Financial Centre.
His Highness received his early education at Jalan Kuantan Primary School, and thereafter at St John’s Institution, both in Kuala Lumpur.
He subsequently went on to finish schooling at The Leys School, Cambridge, in the United Kingdom. He then read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford.
In addition to his BA degree from Oxford, the Sultan holds a PhD in Political Economy and Government, from Harvard University.
Sultan Nazrin is married to Tuanku Zara Salim. They have a son Raja Azlan Muzzaffar Shah and a daughter Raja Nazira Safya. – Jan 31, 2023
Main photo credit: Astro Awani