DULI YANG TERAMAT MULIA
TUANKU HAJJAH LAILATUL SHAHREEN AKASHAH KHALIL
DOCTOR OF EDUCATION (HONORIS CAUSA) IN HEALTH SCIENCES, UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL PEDRO
HENRIQUEZ URENA, REPUBLIK DOMINICA
RAJA PUAN MUDA PERLIS
Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil was born on 28 March 1970 at Hospital Besar Kuala Lumpur. She is the second of four daughters to Dato’ Khalil bin Akasah and Datin Nik Rahimah binti Wan Ahmad.
At A Glance
Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil received her early education at Sekolah Convent Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur from 1977 to 1984. She then went on to school at Merton Hall-Melbourne Girls Grammar School, Melbourne, Australia until 1988. In 1989, she pursued a degree in the Humanities at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Not content with a first degree, Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil decided to pursue a Master’s degree at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Public Administration, which she completed in 2014. Challenging herself even further, she is now working towards obtaining a PhD in Islamic Studies from Universiti Malaya. Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil has been honoured with an Honorary Doctorate (Honoris Causa) in Health Sciences from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena, in the Dominican Republic. She has attended basic proficiency courses in Mandarin, French, Spanish and German.
The Royal Love Affair
Upon completing her studies, Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil served as Administrative Manager at a company owned by her father, ASIE Sdn. Bhd. from 1992 to 1995. On 9 May 1994, after a 6-year courtship, she married Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra. She left her job a year into the marriage to accompany her husband to Madrid, Spain, where he had been assigned as Malaysia Airlines System Regional Manager for Spain, Portugal and Africa. They are blessed with two daughters YAM Sharifah Khatreena Nuraniah Jamalullail (10 February 1995), YAM Sharifah Farah Adriana Jamalullail (4 March 2001) and a son, YAM Syed Sirajuddin Areeb Putra Jamalullail (12 April 2009). Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil continues to pursue her interests of the arts, reading, and painting. Her love of sports sees her devoting much of her time on ice skating, jet skiing and swimming. She has taken part in the Perlis Marathon in 2015 - 2017 and the Putrajaya Spartan Race in 2016 and 2017.
Shaping the Young
Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil is very well aware of the important role early childhood education plays in creating a generation that is physically and mentally resilient, as well as having strong mental acumen and intellect. As the Patron of Smart Reader Worldwide, she is relentless in offering her ideas on early childhood education system, ensuring that it is well-structured to cater to the needs of the young. She also pays much of her attention on special needs children, in particular on those with autism. As Patron of the National Autism Association, Perlis Branch, she has launched a fundraising initiative for the setting up of an autistic centre - A-Heart Centre- to be established at Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP). The Centre aims to provide the best platform for the provision of care and education to autistic children. Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil is also Patron for the Association of Registered Carers Malaysia (Persatuan Pengasuh Berdaftar Malaysia).
Involvement with Higher Education
On 28 June 2009, Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil was granted the appointment as the first Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Perlis by the Chancellor of the university, DYTM Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail, a position she still holds to the present day. She is an ardent supporter of initiatives mooted by the Chancellor in ensuring the visibility of the university and towards its graduates’ marketability. Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil is Chair of Yayasan Tuanku Fauziah (YTF), through which she often highlights on the empowerment of women, which is aligned to the objective of the foundation - Women in Search of Excellence. YTF is in its second round of its collaboration with Josai International University (JIU), Tokyo, Japan for the year-long Women Leadership Programme, which aims to produce dynamic women leaders.
Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil has visited many ASEAN countries such as Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia, the Orient and Central Asia (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Korea Selatan, Japan, India, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan), the Middle-East (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Jordan), the Oceania (Australia and New Zealand), Africa (South Africa, Egypt, Mauritius, Morocco and Tunisia), the United States of America and Central America (USA, Cuba, the Dominican Republic), and European countries (England, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, German, Belgium, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Spain, Portugal, Austria, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Russia, Ukraine and Poland).
Never a Dull Day
Despite her busy schedule, Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil makes time to be active in the Military. She was honoured as the Honorary Major of the Territorial Army in 2012. Every year, she accompanies DYTM Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Ibni Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail who is Commander of the 504th Regiment of the Territorial Army to an annual state-organised event in Sabah. Held during the month of Ramadhan, the programme is called Program Jalinan Kasih Kerajaan Negeri Perlis ke Negeri Di Bawah Bayu, to honour the military personnel of the sacrifices they have made in their bid to protect the country. In the programme held in the Op Pasir area, the royal couple present Aidilfitri gifts to those who are on duty. Every other year, Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil accompanies the Raja Muda on a working visit abroad with trainee reserve officers of public universities (Pasukan Latihan Pegawai Simpanan; PALAPES).
The commitment that Tuanku Hajjah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil has shown in ensuring the continuity of institutions and programmes that she patrons and leads, and in organising activities which aim to benefit Malaysians, and the people of Perlis in particular, is highly commendable.
Long Live the Tuanku.