ALOR SETAR: Tunku Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah is now the 29th Sultan of Kedah.
The proclamation was made yesterday at 1.55pm at Istana Anak Bukit here by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah.
Tunku Sallehuddin succeeds his brother, the late Sultan Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah who passed away at 2.30pm on Monday at the age of 89.
The proclamation made at Balai Penghadapan was followed by three calls of Daulat Tuanku (Long Live the Ruler) and the playing of music by the royal court music ensemble.
On Dec 15, 2016, Tunku Sallehuddin was proclaimed Raja Muda of Kedah, at the age of 74.
This was in conjunction with the return of the late Kedah Sultan to the state after the end of his five-year term as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Tunku Sallehuddin, at the time replaced the previous Raja Muda of Kedah, Tunku Abdul Malik Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, 86, who passed away on Nov 29, 2015, at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital.
Born on April 30, 1942, in Alor Setar, Tunku Sallehuddin is the ninth of 14 siblings born to the late Sultan Badlishah, the 27th Sultan of Kedah, and Sultanah Asma, the daughter of Sultan Sulaiman of Terengganu.
Tunku Sallehuddin married Tengku Maliha Tengku Ariff and they have been blessed with two sons, Tunku Laksamana Tunku Sarafuddin Badlishah and Tunku Sahzuddin Badlishah.
Tunku Sallehuddin also joined the military by undergoing cadet training at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun from 1962 to 1963.
In February 1964, he was commissioned as a lieutenant and stationed with the 12th Battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment in Pengkalan Chepa, Kota Baru.
Tunku Sallehuddin was later promoted to the rank of colonel.
During his time in the service, Tunku Sallehuddin had been involved in several security operations at the border areas with Thailand.
He was also chairman of the Kedah Council of Regency, having been appointed to succeed Tan Sri Tunku Annuar Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, who passed away on May 21, 2014.
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