Kedah's new Sultanah crowned

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 10 Jan 2004

ALOR STAR: The new Sultanah of Kedah, Sultanah Haminah Hamidun, was crowned in a royal ceremony at Istana Anak Bukit here yesterday. 

Her crowning at the palace’s audience hall was marked by a 21-gun salute. 

Sultanah Haminah, 50, was also bestowed the Darjah Kerabat by the Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, after she was crowned. 

Among those present were the Raja Muda of Kedah and Raja Puan Muda, Sultan Abdul Halim’s two daughters Datuk Seri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz and Datuk Seri Tunku Soraya and other members of the Kedah royal family. 

Also present were former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Syed Razak Syed Zain, Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Paduka Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir and religious adviser to the Prime Minister Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Othman. 

REGAL SPLENDOUR: Sultan Abdul Halim placing the crown on Sultanah Haminah's head during the ceremony at the audience hall in Istana Anak Bukit in Alor Star Friday.

Sultanah Haminah’s father, Haji Hamidun Taib, 76, a pensioner, and three of her six siblings were also present.  

The ceremony began at 10am with the arrival of the royal couple accompanied by palace officials bearing the ceremonial mace, swords and spears.  

The ceremonial umbrellas were opened and the nobat was beaten. 

Sultanah Haminah was crowned after Syed Razak read out the proclamation letter which stated that Sultan Abdul Halim is granted the authority under the state law to declare his wife as the Kedah Sultanah. 

Sultanah Haminah was born on July 15, 1953 in Bagan Serai.  

She studied at SK Matang Jelutong in Bagan Serai and then at SM Inggeris Bagan Serai.  

She married Sultan Abdul Halim on Dec 25, 1975 at the age of 22. 

She performed the haj in 1983 and the umrah several times. 

Kedah’s previous Sultanah, Sultanah Bahiyah Tuanku Abdul Rahman, died on Aug 26 last year at the age of 73 after a long illness.  

Today has been declared a public holiday in Kedah as the ceremony fell on a Friday which is a rest day in the state.  

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