Commemorative Issue of Postage Stamps to Mark the Coronation of His Royal Highness the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah
Date of Issue: 1985-12-09
Denominations: 15c, 20c, and $1.00
Stamp Size: 25.6mm x 38.48mm
Printing Process: Lithography
Printer: Waddingtons Security Print Ltd., England
Sheet Composition: 100 stamps
Designer: Kathy Design
Stamps in the Series:
First Day Cover:
His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah was born on April 19, 1928, in Batu Gajah, Perak, and is married to Her Royal Highness Tuanku Bainun binti Mohd. Ali, the Raja Permaisuri Perak. Their Royal Highnesses are blessed with two princes, three princesses and three grandchildren.
The Sultan Sultan received his early education at the Government English School (Sultan Yussuf School) in his home town, Batu Gajah, and subsequently at the Malay College, Kuala Kangsar.
His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah who was later to become an eminent jurist in Malaysia, proceeded to England for his higher education in 1949. He graduated with a Degree in Law (L.L.B.) at the University of Nottingham and was called to the English Bar by the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London.
On his return to Malaya in 1954, His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah served in the Civil Service as an Assistant State Secretary of his home state, Perak. Two years later he joined the Judicial and Legal Service, in the course of which he had held the following positions: First Class Magistrate, 1955 – 56; President, Sessions Court, 1957 – 59; Federal Counsel and Deputy Public Prosecutor, Perak, 1959; State Legal Adviser, Pahang, 1959-61; State Legal Adviser, Johor, 1961-62; Registrar, High Court, Kuala Lumpur, 1962-63; Chief Registrar Federal Court, Malaysia, 1963-65; Judge of the High Court Malaysia, 1965-67; Judge, Federal Court, Malaysia 1973-78; Chief Justice of High Court, Malaya 1979-1982; Lord President of Malaysia 1982-1984.
In the 29 years of service in the public sector His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah has also served the country in many other capacities. He was a member of the Police Service Commission from July 1966 to December 1980 and was appointed on June 23, 1971 as Pro-Chancellor of University Sains Malaysia, Penang, and Chairman, Higher Education Advisory Council since 1974.
In recognition of his services to the nation he has been bestowed with many honors and decorations. He was bestowed the Panglima Mangku Negara in 1979 and the Seri Setia Mahkota in 1983 by his Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
He was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Literature by the University of Malaya in 1979 and an Honorary Doctorate of Law by the Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1980.
He has been bestowed the Darjah Kebesaran Negeri Kelantan Darjah Kerabat Yang Amat Dihormati (D.K.) on March 30, 1984, the Bintang Darjah Kebesaran Kerabat Terengganu Yang Amat Mulia Darjah Yang Pertama (D.K.) on July 6, 1984, the Darjah Kerabat Negeri Perlis (D.K.) on October 27, 1984, the Darjah Kerabat Johor (D.K.) on July 4, 1985 and the Darjah Kerabat Yang Amat Dihormati Selangor (D.K.) on September 5, 1985.
His Royal Highness is also the Honorary Colonel-in-Chief of the Engineers-Corps of the Malaysian Armed forces.
His Royal Highness has an avid interest in sports, especially hockey. He is active engaged in the promotion of the game, both locally and internationally. He is the Vice President of the International Hockey Federation, President of the Asian Hockey Federation and President of the Malaysian Hockey Federation.
With his wisdom and distinguished past, Sultan Azlan Shah brings to the throne new vigor and direction which promises a brighter future for the State and a better quality of life for all his subjects.