DULI YANG MAHA MULIA
TUANKU SYED SIRAJUDDIN IBNI ALMARHUM TUANKU SYED PUTRA JAMALULLAIL
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Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail was born in Arau, Perlis on 17 May 1943. He is the second child of the late Almarhum Tuanku Syed Putra Ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail and the late Almarhumah Tuanku Tengku Budriah binti Almarhum Tengku Ismail. His paternal lineage could be traced to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) while his ancestry on his mother’s side has links to the Sultanate of Pattani.
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin received his early education at Sekolah Melayu Arau before going on to school in Penang from 1950. In 1960, while he was studying at secondary level at Penang Free School, he was appointed the Crown Prince of Perlis, taking the title Raja Muda Perlis. He went on to pursue his education in England for four years from then on, completing at Wellingborough School in 1963.
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin underwent military training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) in January 1964 (Burma Company, Victory College), and was successfully commissioned on 18 December 1965. He then returned to the country to serve in the Second Regiment of the Malaysian Reconnaissance Corps. In 1966, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin was mobilised to Sabah, followed by Sarawak. The military years were challenging times for the then Raja Muda Perlis, especially since it was during this period that neighbouring countries declared confrontation with Federation of Malaya, with Sabah and Sarawak. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin nonetheless, went on to serve the nation, displaying gallantry that reflected his royal bloodline, and knowledge and experience gained at Sandhurst.
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin married Tuanku Tengku Fauziah binti Almarhum Tengku Abdul Rashid on 15 February 1967 after a four-year engagement period. Born on 6 June 1946, Tuanku Tengku Fauziah is the daughter of the late Almarhum Tengku Abdul Rashid ibni Almarhum Sultan Sulaiman Badrul Alam Shah and the late Almarhumah Tengku Putri binti Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim Petra. After the marriage, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin served for a few years in the state of Pahang before returning to Perlis to assume his duties as the Raja Muda of Perlis.
Installation as the Raja of Perlis
On 17 April 2000, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin was installed as the 7th Raja of Perlis after the demise of his father. He is the first Raja of Perlis appointed after the legislation of the Undang-Undang Tubuh Kerajaan Negeri Perlis (The Laws of the Constitution of the State of Perlis) in 1948. And so began a new chapter in the life of Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin who is revered as the stronghold of Perlis by its people. Together with Tuanku Tengku Fauziah as the Raja Perempuan Perlis, he ruled the state and its people, the administration of religious affairs and the state’s development with much love and concern. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin has also been appointed as Colonel-in-Chief, Royal Ranger Regiment and Royal Military Police Corps, and Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
Installation as Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia
As decreed by the Conference of Rulers, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin was installed as Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong XII beginning 13 December 2001. His 40 years of experience as the Raja Muda Perlis and then the Raja of Perlis provided sufficient grounding for him to execute his duties as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. As a King, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin devoted his time and energy towards ensuring that the well-being and prosperity of the country and its people are protected. Renowned for his dedication towards his people, his care and concern are reflected most when he attended programmes and events that placed focus on welfare, education and sports. It was out of the feeling of great responsibility that Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin established two foundations, namely Yayasan Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin and Yayasan Tuanku Fauziah with the purposes of enhancing the socio-economic status of the people and to provide recognition to individuals who have been successful in their livelihood.
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin travelled to more than 20 countries during his tenure as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, establishing and enhancing diplomatic ties with the countries. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin was given the honour to represent Queen Elizabeth II in Sandhurst’s 2005 Young Army Cadets’ Passing Out Ceremony.
The People’s Raja
Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin’s five-year tenure as Yang di-Pertuan Agong ended on 12 December 2006. Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin and Tuanku Tengku Fauziah returned to Perlis to continue their reign as Raja Perlis and Raja Perempuan Perlis. The royal couple has been blessed with a son, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail and a daughter, Dato’ Seri Datin Paduka Sharifah Fazira. They have four grandchildren, Sharifah Khatreena Nuraniah Jamalullail, Sharifah Farah Adriana Jamalullail, Syed Sirajuddin Areeb Putra Jamalullail, and Puteri Nurlin Syazwani. The royal couple now resides at Istana Arau and continues to take great interest in the people and development of the state of Perlis.
Long live the Tuanku.