Reliable sources told that HRH Paduka Seri Sultan Perak Tuanku Sultan Azlan Muhibuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yusuff Izzuddin Shah just passed away in Kuala Lumpur. He was 86.
A barrister by profession, he was with the Malayan Judicial and Judiciary Service and appointed a High Court judge in 1965 at 37 years old, at the time the youngest in Commonwealth.In 1973, he was made a Federal Court judge and six years later in 1979, Chief Justice of Malaya, an office which he held until his appointment as the youngest-ever Lord President of the Federal Court of Malaysia on 12 November 1982.
Nine months later, he was made HRH Raja Muda Perak by his uncle HRH Paduka Seri Sultan Perak Tuanku Sultan Idris Almutawakkil Al Lallahi. Another twist fate happened when slightly over seven months later, Tuanku Sultan Idris passed away and HRH Sultan Azlah Shah was appointed by Dewan Negara Perak as the Paduka Seri Sultan.
Five years later brethren HRH Rulers appointed him as His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong IX between 26 April 1989 to 25 April 1994. He hosted Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain of United Kingdom and Eire and Commonwealth, and many Presidents and Head of Countries when Malaysia oganised the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 1989.
HRH Sultan Azlan was a keen sportsman and contributed immensely in the sporting of hockey, bicycle racing and golf. He also played his duty as the Constitutional Head for all military and diplomatic role very well.
He came into the political line of fire when he dismissed DAP-puppet Menteri Besar Ir Nizar Jamaluddin and the DAP led Perak Exco on 9 February 2009 after convinced that the Opposition coalition lost majority support in the Perak State Assembly, with the defection of two PKR and one DAP ADUNs. Instead, he appointed Pulau Pangkor ADUN Dato’ Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir as the 10th Perak Menteri Besar and invited him to form the Perak State Government.
It became a point of contention from the Oppositions’ perspective where the appointment was challenged in High Court. The process went all the way upto Federal Court where it was ruled that HRH Paduka Seri Sultan lad constitutional powers to dismiss a Menteri Besar when one no longer enjoy majority support in the State Assembly.
Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir just officially announced the passing of HRH Sultan Azlan Shah on national TV. His remains would be brought back to Kuala Kangsar and would lie-in-state in the Iskandariah Bukit Chandan Palace Throne Room for the public to pay last respect between 1100am to 200pm tomorrow. HRH Rulers and foreign dignitaries shall pay their respect between 200-300pm.
HRH Sultan Azlan Shah would laid to rest after Asar prayers tomorrow in the Royal Mausoleum