Date of Issue: 1983-07-15
Denominations: 20 cents, 40 cents, and 50 cents
Stamp Size: 31.84mm x 48.34mm
Paper: White unwatermarked security postage stamp paper
Printing Process: Offset Lithography
Printer: Security Printers (M) Sdn. Bhd. Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Sheet Composition: 50 stamps
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His Royal Highness Tuanku Haji Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badishah, D.K., D.K.H, D.M.N, D.U.K, D.K (Kelantan), D.K. (Pahang), D.K. (Selangor), D.K. (Perlis), D.K. (Negeri Sembilan), D.P. (Sarawak), S.P.M.K., S.S.D.K., the 27TH Sultan of Kedah Darulaman was born on the 28th November 1927 corresponding to 4th Jamadilakhir 1346 Hijrah at Alor Setar, Kedah.
His Royal Highness received his early education at Titi Gajah Malay School and later at Sultan Abdul Hamid College, Alor Setar, Kedah. In February 1949, His Royal Highness proceeded to United Kingdom for further studies and after a short matriculation course, His Royal Highness was admitted to his father’s old college, Wadham College, Oxford University in early 1952. In this college His Royal Highness took a Diploma Course in Social Science and Public Administration. On completion His Royal Highness returned to Kedah in 1955 where His Royal Highness was posted to the Kota Setar District Office Kedah and later in 1957 to the State Treasury.
His Royal Highness Tuanku Haji Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah was appointed the Crown Prince of Kedah on the 6th August 1949 while His Royal Highness was still in England. Later during the absence of the late His Royal Highness Sultan Badishah from the State from the 12th of March to the 3rd of July 1957, His Royal Highness was appointed Regent. His Royal Highness ascended to the throne of Kedah on the 15th July 1958 on the demise of His father, the late His Royal Highness Sultan Badishah. His Royal Highness was formally installed as Sultan of Kedah on February 20th 1959.
In March 1956, His Royal Highness married Her Royal Highness Tuanku Hajjah Bahiyah binti Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman, D.K., D.K.H., D.M.N., the eldest daughter of the then Yang di-Pertuan Besar and Tuanku Ampuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan (later to become the First Yang di-Pertuan Agong of the Federaion of Malaya and the Raja Permaisuri Agong). His Royal Highness is blessed with three daughters, Her Highness Tunku Intan Safinaz (1967), Her Highness Tunku Soraya (1961) and Her Highness Tunku Sarina (1961).
His Royal Highness was elected the Fourth Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong by the Conference of Rulers on 21st September 1965 replacing His Royal Highness the Sultan of Terengganu who was elected as the Fourth Yang di-Pertuan Agong. On 23rd July 1970, His Royal Highness was elected as the Fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong by the Conference of Rulers and was sworn in on 21st September 1970. His Royal Highness was officially installed as the Fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 20th February 1971. His Royal Highness completed his term of office on September 20th 1975. On 23rd March 1966, His Royal Highness was appointed Colonel in Chief of the Malaysian Reconnaissance Corps until His Royal Highness was elected the Fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 23rd July 1970. With this appointment His Royal Highness also became the Field Marshall of the Malaysian Armed Forces.
On completion of his term of office as the Fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 21st September 1975, His Royal Highness was succeeded by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Kelantan. On 23rd September 1975, His Royal Highness was appointed the Colonel in Chief of the Royal Malay Regiment.
His Royal Highness traveled widely in Europe between 1950 and 1954 and went on a world tour from the 10th of April to the 9th of June 1963. During His Royal Highness term as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, His Royal Highness made official visits to Iran (1971), Thailand (1973), United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan (1974). As the highlight to the tours, His Royal Highness went on pilgrimage to the Holy land in 1974. In 1980 His Royal Highness again toured Europe and the United States of America.
Since his school days His Royal Highness showed keen interest in sports and athletics and His Royal Highness used to follow its developments mainly in Kedah. Through these interests and activities, His Royal Highness had the chance of meeting and knowing the people of all walks of life. Among his hobbies are tennis, golf, billiards, photography and jogging.
His Royal Highness is the Patron of the Royal Kedah Club, Alor Setar, Patron of the Malay Students Association Alor Setar, Patron of the Kedah Amateur Athletics Association, Patron of the Kedah Camera Club, Patron of the Oxford and Cambridge Society Malaysia, Patron of the Malay Badminton Association Malaysia, Patron of the Malaysian Orchid Society, Patron of the Kedah Golf Association, Patron of the Malaysian Government Services Welfare and Recreational Council, Patron of the Kedah Kite Flying Competition, First Patron of the Sultan, Abdul Hamid Bus Fund Committee Alor Setar, Patron of the Malay College Old Boys’ Association Kuala Kangsar, Patron of the Kedah Justice of Peace Association, Patron of the Kedah Family Planning Association, Patron of the Kedah Shooting Association, Patron of the Sungei Petani Rotary Club and patron of the Lions’ Club, Alor Setar, Sungei Petani and Kulim.