ALOR STAR ― Sultan Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah was installed as the 29th Sultan of Kedah in a ceremony steeped in tradition at the Balairung Seri (Throne Room) of Istana Anak Bukit here yesterday.
Following the installation, His Royal Highness will henceforth be addressed as “Al Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah”.
The installation was held in full tradition and custom of the Kedah Malay Sultanate, a historic ceremony considering that the last installation was held almost six decades ago, in 1959, when Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah ascended the Kedah throne.
The ceremony began with Sultan Sallehuddin and Sultanah Maliha Almarhum Tengku Ariff entering the Balairung Seri, accompanied by the bearers of the Cogan Agama (Sceptre of Religion), Cogan Alam (Sceptre of the Universe), Cokmar (The Mace), the royal swords and lances, as well as the military and police escorts, led by the Head of Ceremony Datuk Syed Unan Mashri Syed Abdullah Shahbuddin.
As the Royal Highnesses entered the Balairung Seri, the selawat (salutation to Prophet Muhammad) was recited and the royal music ensemble sounded the nobat. Their Royal Highnesses sat on the throne while the bearers of the royal regalia took their respective positions.
The Head of the Ceremony approached the Royal Highnesses and sought the consent to begin the ceremony. Then, the Datuk-Datuk Bergelar titled chieftains brought in the instruments of installation and placed them on a special table.
These items included the Quran, letter of the proclamation, royal oath of office, state keris, gold tengkolok (headgear) and a chest containing valuable items that symbolise the powers and richness of the Sultan of Kedah.
Kedah Mufti Datuk Sheikh Fadzil Awang, accompanied by Datuk Setia Jaya and Datuk Murshid DiRaja, then led the recitation of the doa and verses from the Quran.
The Head of the Ceremony then approached the Sultan and presented the Quran. The Sultan kissed the Quran and placed it on a special place reserved for the Holy Book.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir read out a proclamation on the installation of the Sultan of Kedah. The Head of the Ceremony approached the Sultan and presented the Scroll of the Royal Oath of Office and the Sultan stood up and read out the Royal Oath of Office.
Then, the Head of the Ceremony approached the Sultan and presented the state keris which the Sultan unsheathed, kissed, sheathed and placed on a special stable. The state keris symbolises the greatness of the sovereignty and authority of His Royal Highness.
The Head of the Ceremony then announced that Sultan Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah had been installed as the 29th Sultan of Kedah. He also hailed Daulat Tuanku’ thrice and everyone present in the Throne Room followed suit.
The royal music ensemble sounded the nobat and a 21-gun salute was fired in the palace grounds. The ceremonial umbrella was opened and the royal musical ensemble played the song “Allah Selamat Sultan”.
The Sultan sat on the throne again and the Raja Muda of Kedah, on behalf of the members of the royalty, read out a message of congratulations. Mukhriz then read out a message of congratulations on behalf of the government and the people.
Kedah Mufti Datuk Sheikh Fadzil read the doa again. The Head of the Ceremony approached the Sultan and sought the consent to conclude the ceremony.
Several other ceremonies were also held in conjunction with the installation. The ‘‘Istiadat Letak Kerja’’ to mark the launch of the ceremonies for the Sultan’s installation was held on Sept 20; “Istiadat Ziarah Makam” (visit to the graves) on Oct 5; “Istiadat Siram Tabal” (royal bathing ceremony) on Oct 14; and “Istiadat Perarakan” (royal parade) on Oct 20.
Sultan Sallehuddin was proclaimed the 29th Sultan of Kedah on Sept 12 last year, succeeding Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah who passed away the previous day.
The Sultan was born on April 30, 1942. He is the ninth of the 14 children of Sultan Badlishah Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah who had ruled Kedah from 1943 to 1958.
Sultan Sallehuddin and Sultanah Maliha are blessed with two children, Datuk Tunku Sarafudin Badlishah and Datuk Tunku Shazuddin Ariff. ― Bernama