RAJA MUDA of Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has evolved greatly since he was officially proclaimed the Crown Prince in October 2016.
If he had been a sweet-faced young man in the past, he is now a strict and no-nonsense leader who does not hesitate to voice his displeasure just like his father, Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
Tengku Amir, 27, has also proved his mettle in handling his non-governmental organisations Yayasan Raja Muda (YRMS) and Selangor Youth Community (SAY) efficiently and effectively. He is also the president of the Football Association of Selangor (FAS).
His cousin Syed Haizam Hishamuddin Putra Jamalullail said the Raja Muda of Selangor had indeed flourished in his role as Crown Prince.
“Tengku Amir has really embraced and grown into his role as the Raja Muda of Selangor this past year. The success of YRMS and SAY is testament to his hands-on nature and leadership style,” said Syed Haizam.
Syed Haizam, who is a trustee of both YRMS and SAY, recalls how when Tengku Amir returned to Malaysia two years ago after completing his training at the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, he had searched for a cause that was close to his heart and for which he could use his position and influence to help the people.
“Youth empowerment was this cause and he was the perfect individual to champion it through SAY and YRMS,” said Syed Haizam.
As for FAS, Syed Haizam said the Crown Prince knew football was close to the heart of Selangorians.
“This was the main reason why he decided to take on the responsibility to revamp and produce a football team the people would be proud of, as they have been in the past,” said Syed Haizam.
He added that Tengku Amir had encountered many challenges in trying to do this, but his steely determination and stern leadership helped him counter all adversities with efficacy.
Meanwhile, SAY and YRMS chief executive officer Izhar Moslim said the Raja Muda has a strong and reliable team that is equally passionate about achieving Tengku Amir’s goals.
“I think the most important thing is that the Raja Muda of Selangor has a good team in all three of the organisations,” said Izhar.
Tengku Amir loves mingling with people and has spent much time with the underprivileged during festive seasons.
He has visited and brought much needed aid to needy families during Hari Raya Aidilfitri and has spent time with underprivileged residents of a children’s home during Deepavali.
The Raja Muda also showed his sternness recently when he lambasted some committee members of the FAS who had rabble roused and used trivial matters to call for an extraordinary general meeting.
Tengku Amir said he believed the group was being used and deceived by certain individuals to create chaos in FAS.
He said the certain individuals were wolves in sheep’s clothing who were not interested in the well-being of FAS, but were instead driven by their personal agendas.