Ruling with heart of compassion


  • Nation
  • Friday, 01 Nov 2019

Sultan Nazrin and Tuanku Zara Salim handing over angpow packets to children during a state open house to celebrate Chinese New Year.

SULTAN of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah is well-loved and respected by his subjects.

As he is known for his compassion and fairness, Sultan Nazrin is also held in high esteem for his views concerning various global issues and the welfare of the country.

Celebrating his 63rd birthday today, the actions and words of the Perak Ruler will always have the wellbeing of the country and people at heart.

Most notable are his concern towards the current political scenario that could affect the country and the multi-racial society, as Sultan Nazrin had called on the people not to promote hate speech.

He had, during the state-level Maal Hijrah celebration in September, reminded leaders and politicians to carry the voice of moderation, reason and brotherhood so the people can live in peace and harmony.

During the Conference of Rulers that was held in July, Sultan Nazrin, who is also Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong, called for efforts to unite the people following an intense 14th General Election.

He said the Government must keep its promises made to the people during the election and pointed out that the people dared to change the government as they were confident that it would bring good to the country.

Sultan Nazrin had also during the Perak-level parish (kariah) committee conference last month, told mosque committee members to be strict and not allow themselves to be manipulated by political parties.

He is adamant that a mosque should be an institution to unite the Muslims and not be defiled by excessive divisive political activities.

During the Politeknik Ungku Omar convocation ceremony in August, Sultan Nazrin said youngsters need to vote based on rationality and facts, instead of sentiments and emotions.

He added that it was easy for election candidates to exploit voters and that the youngsters should be guided so they have the maturity and wisdom to differentiate facts and allegations and the good from the bad.

He also said that youths should also be guided to understand the meaning and practice of a constructive democracy, government and administration system, the forming process of a government and important elements that a leader should have.

And during the Universiti Malaya’s convocation ceremony last month, he urged universities to mould graduates into people with good values so they would not bring harm to the people, religion, country and civilisation.

Sultan Nazrin, who is also the university’s chancellor, added that a university degree was only an identification of a graduate’s level and that they should have inner strength and capability to appreciate ethics, morals, accountability and integrity when facing life’s challenges.

During the opening of the Perak state legislative assembly in April, Sultan Nazrin announced in his speech that Pangkor Island would get its duty-free status on Jan 1,2020.

He had also urged the Federal Government to come up with immediate strategic plans to address the rising cost of foodstuff, noting that food security was becoming an increasing burden for the people.

He also cautioned illegal settlers not to destroy the environment through uncontrolled and illegal development and called for environmental pollution to be given serious attention.

In July, Sultan Nazrin launched his book “Striving for Inclusive Development: From Pangkor to a Modern Malaysian State”, which was part of his long-standing project on the economy and the country’s history.

The book highlights his view on how the country’s economy has evolved over 150 years and proposals of forward-looking assessments of challenges for an inclusive and sustainable future.

It was his second publication after “Charting the Economy: Early 20th Century Malaya and Contemporary Malaysian Contrasts” that was published in January 2017.

Sultan Nazrin also gave a keynote address at the 2019 Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment in Kuala Lumpur in August, noting that Merdeka does not just mean independence and that it also meant having a responsibility to create a better future for the people.

He said the world was transforming and Malaysia too, must also evolve in order to drive the next phase of the country’s journey towards a sustainable future.

Since early this year, Sultan Nazrin has attended and launched various events and institutions and be closer with his subjects.

In January, he attended the golden jubilee anniversary of the state mosque, Masjid Sultan Idris Shah II.

He also graced the state Chinese New Year open house at Lost World of Tambun in February, presenting red packets to children from several welfare homes.

In July, he launched the state Fire and Rescue Department headquarters in Meru Raya, Ipoh and gave a royal address during the ninth International Planters Conference 2019 in Kuala Lumpur.

While in August, he attended the Second Malaysia-China Youth Civilisational Dialogue on Islam and Confucianism that was held in conjunction with the 45th anniversary of Malaysia-China Diplomatic Relations at the Palace of the Golden Horses in Seri Kembangan, Selangor, and also launched a book entitled “Titles and Ceremonial Traditions of the Royalty and Nobility of the State of Perak Malaysia” in Ipoh.

On Merdeka Day, he celebrated the occasion with his subjects in Taiping.

He also presented prizes during the finals of the Royal Debate competition at SJKC Sam Chai in Ipoh.

In October, Sultan Nazrin visited the Batu 14 Kampung Orang Asli in Tapah to launch a water treatment system, graced the Perak Riverbank Restoration Programme in Kuala Kangsar and launched the ETS2 service and Integrated Development of the Ipoh Train Station project.

He also launched a Seminar on Perak Sultanate, Exhibition on the Malaysian Royal Institution and a book by Awang Had Salleh, titled “Legenda Pendidikan Global Malaysia” at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Tanjung Malim.

During the launch, he said rulers should be provided with the best possible advice on the reality that is occurring and the aspirations of the people so that the royal institution can appreciate the current aspiration and take appropriate actions to remain relevant.

Sultan Nazrin and his family were also seen taking the Electric Train Service (ETS) back to Ipoh from Kuala Lumpur often.

He would be accompanied by his wife, Raja Permaisuri Tuanku Zara Salim, 47, and their children Raja Kecil Besar Raja Azlan Muzzaffar Shah, 12, and Raja Nazira Safya, eight.

They have also been seen riding the Mass Rapid Transit while in the capital city.

Born on Nov 27,1956 in George Town, Penang, Sultan Nazrin holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Politics, Economics and Government, a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University in the US and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, England.

Eldest of five siblings to the late Sultan Azlan Shah and Tuanku Bainun, Sultan Nazrin attended school at Sekolah Rendah Jalan Kuantan and St John’s Institution in Kuala Lumpur and at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar.

He married Tuanku Zara on May 17,2007.

He was proclaimed the 35th Sultan of Perak on May 29,2014, following the passing of his father on May 28. The enthronement was held at Istana Iskandariah, Kuala Kangsar, on May 6,2015.

Sultan Nazrin is also chancellor of Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah, Kuala Kangsar, after it was upgraded from College Universiti Islam Sultan Azlan Shah in 2016.

During the absence of then King Sultan Muhammad V last year, he took on the duties as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for two months.

With the election of Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah as the country’s 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Nazrin continues serving as the deputy.


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