Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The IXth Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

Founded in 1911, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has the following aims:

  • To promote understanding and cooperation among those persons engaged in and those formerly associated with Parliaments and Legislatures in the countries of the Commonwealth of Nations:
    (i) by the exchange of information and visits; and
    (ii) by Conferences of Members of such Parliaments and Legislatures
  • Similarly, to promote understanding and cooperation with Legislators of countries outside the Commonwealth having close historical and parliamentary association with them
Membership of the Association is of two types and is restricted to persons who are or have been Members of Parliament: Ordinary Members being those currently Members of Parliament; and Associate Members those who have been but are not currently Members of Parliament.

The achievements and the significance of the Association in the Commonwealth may be summed up in its own words:
In all the years of its existence, the Association claims credit for no specific constitutional change, no far-reaching legislative enactment, not even so much as a resounding resolution; yet it has played a genuine and valuable part in the development of ideas about and within the Commonwealth. It is indeed something more than the mere words "An Association of the Parliaments of the Commonwealth" can imply. Through the facilities it offers, the various legislators can obtain the necessary knowledge and understanding of each other and of each other's problems without which no common approach is possible. They can confer frankly as with members of the same family and take back with them to their own lands the fruits of experience they have gathered which, in the course of their normal Parliamentary  duties, they can distribute among their colleagues and constituents. By these means throughout the entire Commonwealth, a certain common background of thought and opinion can be created, which at times of international crisis may be reflected in a readiness for common action.
The 9th Post-war Parliamentary Conference meets at the newly completed Parliament House which stands in the Lake Gardens of Kuala Lumpur, the Federal Capital of Malaysia.

It is an impressive building on top of a hill and is visible for miles around. Designed and supervised by the Federal Public Works Department, this building has taken nearly 2.5 years to complete at a cost of approximately $17 million inclusive of plant and equipment, furniture and fittings.

The building itself occupies an area of almost two and a quarter acres; there are twenty levels in the tower block and three levels in the main building providing a total of approximately 360,000 square feet of floor space. The two Chambers of the Houses of Parliament are in the main block, in which are also a Banqueting Hall, a Library, Entrance Halls, Office Accommodation for the staff of Parliament and for Government Officers attending Parliament, Office Suites for the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, and the Prime Minister, Lounges, Coffee Rooms and Dining Rooms for Members, a Press Room, and Committee Rooms. In the tower block, there are Office Suites for the use of Ministers during Meetings of Parliament, the Cabinet Chamber, and offices for ordinary Members of Parliament. The whole Parliament House is air-conditioned by two units having a  total output of 2,000 h.p., which are controlled centrally.

Of the two Chambers, the larger one is that of the House of Representatives. It will have a normal capacity of 160 Members of Parliament, and has in addition provision for about 260 members of the public, 36 Press Representatives and 60 Government Officials. For the State Opening of Parliament, for which the Chamber of the House of Representatives will also be used, it will be possible to seat about 220 Members in the pool of the Chamber. The Senate Chamber has seating accommodation for 60 Senators, about 110 members of the public, 30 Official and 24 Pressmen.

Technical Details
Special postage stamps of the 20 cents and 30 cents denominations will be issued on the 4th November, 1963 to commemorate the 9th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference which will be held in Kuala Lumpur.

Size: Diamond shape, measuring 35 mm each side perforation to perforation.

Printing Process: Photogravure

Design: The design features and outline of the new Parliament Building and the emblem of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

20 cents - Outline of the building and emblem in white, lettering in gold, on dark green background

30 cents - Outline of the building and emblem in white, lettering in gold, on lake background.

Paper: PTM watermarked white paper

Printed by: Harrison & Sons Ltd., London

The stamps will be placed on sale in all the territories of Malaysia for a period of three months from the date of issue or until stocks are exhausted whichever is earlier.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Installation of D.Y.M.M. Yang Di-Pertuan Agong


His Majesty Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’Adzam Shah ini Al-Marhum Sultan Badlishah was elected as the 5th Yang Di-Pertuan Agong by the Conference of Rulers on the 23rd July, 1970.

A nephew of Tengku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, the first Prime Minister, and the son-in-law of the first Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, he was born on the 28th November, 1927 at Anak Bukit, Kedah, and educated at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College, Alor Star.

In 1949, he went to England, where he read political science and took a diploma course in social and public administration for three years at Wadham College, Oxford. After graduating he accompanied his father on a tour of Scandinavia. Later he accompanied his brother, Tengku Abdul Malik, on a tour of Holland, Germany and Spain.

His Majesty met his attractive consort Tengku Bahiyah binte Al-Marhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman of Negri Sembilan when she was studying domestic science in England. They were married on their return to Malaysia in March, 1956 at Sri Menanti.

Following this, he was attached to the District Office in Alor Star and later to the Treasury until late 1958.

On the 6th August, 1949, he was appointed Raja Muda, became heir apparent eight years later and then Regent of Kedah when his father went to Britain for an operation. On the demise of his father on the 14th July, 1958, he was proclaimed Sultan of Kedah and formally installed on the 20th February, 1959. Accompanied by his consort, he went on a world tour in 1963.

As the Timbalan Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, to which office he was elected in 1965, he acted for the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong on a number of occasions when the King was indisposed. He was host for the State visit of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia in June, 1970; for President Soeharto of Indonesia in March; and Japan’s Crown Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko in February the same year.

His Majesty is the holder of the following Orders and Decorations:

  1. Darjah Kerabat Yang Amat Mulia Kedah (D.K.)
  2. Darjah Utama Sri Mahkota Negara (D.M.M.)
  3. Darjah Utama Kedah (D.U.K.)
  4. Darjah Kerabat Yang Amat Di-Hormati Kelantan (D.K. Kelantan)
  5. Darjah Kerabat Sri Indra Mahkota Pahang (D.K. Pahang).
  6. Sri Paduka Mahkota Kedah (S.P.M.K.)

A keen sportsman, His Majesty plays golf; photography, both still and cine, is another hobby.

Technical Details
Commemorative postage stamps of 10 cents, 15 cents and 50 cents denominations will be issued to mark the Installation of His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia. Details of the stamps are as follows:

Size: Rectangular in shape in a vertical format with the following dimensions perforation to perforation:

Vertical – 35 mm
Horizontal – 25 mm

Design: The three stamps feature the portrait of His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

10 cent – Black and white portrait against a yellow background. The letterings and denomination in gold.

15 cent – Black and white portrait against a purple background. The letterings and denomination in gold.

50 cent – Black and white portrait against a blue background. The letterings and denomination in gold.

Artist: The design and artworks were prepared by Union Art Corporation, Kuala Lumpur.

Printing Process: Photogravure.

Paper: Unwatermarked white paper.

Printed by: Messrs. Harrison & Sons Ltd., England

Period of Sale: Until stocks are exhausted

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