ALOR SETAR (Bernama) – The Raja Muda of Kedah, Tunku Sallehuddin Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, was yesterday proclaimed as the new Sultan of Kedah to succeed his elder brother, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, who passed away Monday.
Tunku Sallehuddin, 75, ascends the throne as the 29th Sultan of Kedah. Sultan Abdul Halim passed away at 2.30pm on Monday at Istana Anak Bukit after a reign of 59 years. His Royal Highness was 89.
The proclamation of the new sultan was read out by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah at Istana Anak Bukit in keeping with a decision of the Royal Council of Ascension.
Article Nine of the Kedah State Constitution provides for the Royal Council of Ascension to determine the successor of the Kedah throne upon the demise of the reigning sultan. The menteri besar is the president of the council.
Following the proclamation, the Comptroller of the Royal Household/Principal Private Secretary of the Sultan of Kedah, Datuk Syed Unan Mashri Syed Abdullah, invited Tunku Sallehuddin to take his seat on the throne placed at Dewan Penghadapan.