Name: Silver Jubilee of the Reign of His Royal Highness Paduka Seri Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Sultan Perak Darul Ridzuan
Date of Issue: 08 February 2009
Raja Azlan Shah, the youngest prince of the late Almarhum Sultan Yussuf Izzuddin Shah and Toh Puan Besar Hatijah was born in Kampung Manggis, Batu Gajah, Perak on 19 April 1928. His Royal Highness received his early education at Sekolah Melayu Batu Gajah, and subsequently entered English School Batu Gajah. His Royal Highness continued Sixth Form education at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar.
His Royal Highness Raja Azlan Shah received his Bachelor's Degree in Law from the University of Nottingham in 1953 and a year later on 23 November 1954 was admitted to the Barrister-at-Law at Lincoln's Inn United Kingdom.
His Royal Highness started his career in the legal service as a Magistrate, followed by as a Session Court President, Federal Senior Lawyer, Deputy Public Prosecutor, Legal Advisor to the State of Pahng and Johor, Chief Registrar of High Court and Federal Court of Malaysia, and at the age of 37, he was appointed as the High Court Judge. On 7 November 1982, His Royal Highness reaches the peak of his career in the National legal service when he was sworn in as the Lord President of the Federal Court of Malaysia at the age of 52.
Besides giving full attention in the judiciary and legal duties, His Royal Highness had also played an active role in the national education scene. He was given the honour to be the Chairman of the Higher Education Advisory Council in 1974, and as the Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia from 1971 until 1984. on 12 May 1986 His Royal Highness was presented with a letter of appointment as the Chancellor of the University of Malaya, the post that he held until today.
His Royal Highness was a sport enthusiast of a highest caliber, he lead the Asiar, Hockey Federation and was also appointed as the Vice President of the International Hockey Federation.
In the Perak Royal Institution, His Royal Highness was proclaimed as the Raja Kecil Bongsu on 19 August 1962, the Raja Kecil Tengah on 1 February 1963, Raja Kecil Sulong on 1 January 1978 and Raja Kecil Besar on 1 August 1978 before being proclaimed as the Raja Muda of Perak (Crown Prince) on 1 July 1983. On 3 February 1984, His Royal Highness was proclaimed as the 34th Sultan of Perak followed by the official installation which took place on 9 December 1985.
The Conference of rulers at its 146th meeting on 2 March 1989, elected His Royal Highness as the 9th Yang di-Pertuan Agong. He served the full five year term from 29 April 1989 to 25 April 1994.
Today, on 3 February 2009, marks the Silver Jubilee of the Reign of His Royal Highness, Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah and Duli Yang Maha Mulia Raja Permaisuri Tuanku Bainun, who rules the State of Perak in peace and harmony.
The stamp depicts the portrait of His Royal Highness during his installation as the 34th Sultan of Perak on 9 December 1985 at the Balairong Seri of Istana Iskandariah. Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar Perak. The visual at the background shows His Royal Highness kissing the ceremonial sword. Pedang Cura Si Manja Kini and this symbolized the regal splendour of the ceremony.
The stamp portrays His Royal Highness Paduka Seri Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah as the Head of State and the Head of the State Islamic Religion and Custom (Ketua Agama Islam dan Adat Istiadat). The background features the grand and majestic architecture of Ubudiah mosque which was once proclaimed as the most beautiful design ever being built during its time. It was officially opened in 1917 by Sultan Abdul Jalil Karamatullah Shah. The Ubudiah mosque is certainly one of the many pride possessions of the state as over the years it has proven to be one of the main tourist attractions.
The stamp depicts His Royal Highness who has reigned the state of Perak for the past 25 years. Throughout his reign the Raja Permaisuri Perak, Tuanku Bainun has evidently been a strong and loyal companion as often reflected in their constant appearances together. Both His and Her Royal Highness represent the nation's sacred belief in family unity. The royal yellow background symbolizes the nobility of the much loved Royal Highnesses.
Comment: What a long set name. This is the longest set name I have seen.
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