THE investiture ceremony held at Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar on Friday was simple, yet dignified and filled with customary traditions.
With the sounding of the nobat music played by the royal ensemble, Sultan of Perak Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah and Raja Permaisuri Tuanku Zara Salim entered the Balairong Seri at the palace.
Members of the royal family, dignitaries and guests stood up to welcome Sultan Nazrin and Tuanku Zara before the royal couple took their seats at the singgahsana (throne).
The ceremony, which was held in conjunction with Sultan Nazrin’s 59th birthday, started with the reading of the Quran.
Perak Raja Dihilir Raja Iskandar Dzulkarnain then presented his speech on behalf of the royal family and the Orang Besar Negeri, followed by speeches from the sultan and Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.
The ceremony also saw the “Istiadat Penyembahan Kembali Baur” being held, which saw the return of the Keris Kuasa previously held by Sultan Nazrin when he was Raja Muda to the palace before presenting it to the new Raja Muda Raja Jaafar Raja Muda Musa.
Sultan Nazrin’s son, Raja Kechil Besar Perak Raja Azlan Muzaffar Shah brought in the keris and presented it to the sultan while receiving an envelop containing coins in return as part of the custom.
Following the customary act, the “Istiadat Menjunjung Duli”, was held to bestow the official title of Raja Muda Perak to Raja Jaafar.
Raja Jaafar entered the hall, performed some customary rites before the Dewan Negara Perak secretary declared his title and followed with three cries of “Daulat” from the guests.
Sultan Nazrin then used his royal sword, the Pedang Cura Si Manja Kini to tap Raja Jaafar’s head and shoulders before placing a flower ornament on his headdress and scattering rose petals on him.
The Keris Kuasa was then handed over to Raja Jaafar and a yellow cloth placed over his head. He was then escorted out of the palace to cross the Sungai Perak.
As part of the ceremony’s customs, Raja Jaafar will not be allowed to look at the palace and photographs of the Sultan Perak for a week.
Following the rites, the awarding of titles took place.
Heading the honours list of 703 recipients was Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who was the sole recipient of the Darjah Kebesaran Seri Paduka Nazrin Shah (SPSN), which carries the title Datuk Seri Diraja.
Six notable figures were also honoured with posthumous awards during the ceremony, including Umno founding president Datuk Onn Jaafar, deputy public prosecutor Datuk Anthony Kevin Morais, former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Panglima Bukit Gantang Abdul Wahab Abdul Aziz, former nationalist leader and PAS president Datuk Seri Dr Burhanuddin Al-Helmy, former educationist Datuk Seri Aminuddin Baki and former Perak police chief Tan Sri Khoo Chong Kong.
The posthumous awards were received by their respective kin of the honourees.
Following the ceremony, a host of other activities will be held between now and April next year in conjunction with the celebration.
Among the events will be the declaration of the new Muallim district, opening of SK Tanah Hitam, TNB Jana Manjung 4 power plant, and Perak Agro-tourism Resort.