DULI YANG MAHA MULIA
TUANKU TENGKU FAUZIAH BINTI ALMARHUM TENGKU ABDUL RASHID
D.K.P., D.K., S.S.P.J., S.P.M.P., D.M.N., D.K.(KELANTAN), D.K.(PAHANG), GRAND CROIX DE L’ORDER (ROYAL SASH) – CAMBODIA, KNIGHT OF THE ROYAL ORDER OF THE SERAPHIM (SWEDEN), THE ORDER OF THE SACRED TREASURE, GOLD AND SILVER STAR (JAPAN)
RAJA PEREMPUAN PERLIS
Tuanku Tengku Fauziah binti Almarhum Tengku Abdul Rashid’s ancestral lineage can be traced to two Sultanates of Malaysia. She is a princess of the royal houses of Terengganu and Kelantan; from the marriage between her father, Tengku Abdul Rashid ibni Almarhum Sultan Sulaiman Badrul Alam Shah, of Terengganu Sultanate; and her mother, Tengku Putri binti Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim Petra, from the royal household of Kelantan.
Early Education and Upbringing
Tuanku Tengku Fauziah was born on 6 June 1946 and brought up in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. She went to school in Zainab English School where she exhibited keen interests in netball and stage shows. Befitting her royalty, Tuanku Tengku Fauziah was raised in an environment with highly esteemed values, training her to be of generous in nature. She has a great sense of gratitude to the Almighty, and the conviction that the blessings that she has received must certainly be shared with others. An ardent believer in the importance of giving, Tuanku Tengku Fauziah is of the strong faith that happiness comes with giving and appreciating others.
The Royal Proposal
Tuanku Tengku Fauziah’s personality and good nature were well known throughout the royal households, so much so that Tuanku Tengku Budriah binti Almarhum Tengku Ismail, the Raja Permaisuri Agong III invited the then teenage Tuanku Tengku Fauziah to live with the Perlis Royal Household at Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur. Tuanku Tengku Budriah, from the Kelatan Sultanate, had then been the Raja Perempuan Perlis since 1945.
Tuanku Tengku Fauziah was then betrothed to Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail, the Raja Muda of Perlis in 1963. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin, at the time, was still studying at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom. He completed his studies in 1965, and on 15 February 1967, Tuanku Tengku Fauziah, aged 21, married the Raja Muda.
Becoming the Raja Perempuan Perlis
Upon the demise of Tuanku Syed Putra in 2000, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin was installed as the Raja Perlis, automatically making Tuanku Tengku Fauziah the Raja Perempuan Perlis. She is held in high esteem by the people, as it is evident to them the great regard she has over the welfare of the people of Perlis. The royal household staff and employees are all very familiar with the extreme care she puts into ensuring the palace and state guests are made to feel welcomed and comfortable in all aspects of their stay. Her generosity is well-known as she never fails to monetarily reward members of staff who have executed their tasks and responsibility satisfactorily.
On 13 December 2001, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin was installed as Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong XII. The appointment saw Tuanku Tengku Fauziah going “home” as she was again to reside at Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur, this time as the Raja Permaisuri Agong. To the position and the people around her, she brought her generous personality and charitable nature, always being sensitive to the needs of the people and the importance of their well-being. She devoted much of her time on programmes and events that centre on the welfare of the people, health, women, education and children.
Sovereignty and Education
Tuanku Tengku Fauziah’s keen interests in the world of education and educational development led to her appointment as the Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) on 2 May 2002. Under her leadership, USM rose to the top 200 universities in the world in 2004. Her support became an inspiration to the university community to always reach out for success.
The Royal Touch
During her term as the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Tengku Fauziah provided personal touch to the interior decoration of the palace. Her artistic and creative nature created wonders at the palace. Such was her appreciation of beauty that she ordered the transfer of some of her personal collection from Perlis to Putrajaya so that she would be able to exhibit them at Istana Melawati.
The People’s Raja Perempuan
On 12 December 2006, Tuanku Tengku Fauziah, together with Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin returned to Perlis after a five-year term in the Malaysian capital. She reassumed her role as the Raja Perempuan Perlis and currently resides at Istana Arau. The royal couple has been blessed with two children; a son, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail and a daughter, Dato’ Seri Datin Paduka Sharifah Fazira, and four grandchildren.
Long live Raja Perempuan Perlis.