Tomb of 16th Sultan of Kedah found

ALOR SETAR, Malaysia (Bernama) – The Malaysian Historical Society, Kedah branch has found a 330 year-old tomb believed to belong to the 16th Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Ataullah Muhammad Shah II, at Bukit Pinang near Alor Setar.

Its Publishing and Marketing Bureau head, Dr Ibrahim Bakar said the finding on March 23 came a month after the finding of the tomb of the 14th Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Muhyiddin Mansur Shah.

The tomb was among nine found by society member Zamri Abd Wahab on the banks of the river at Kampung Bukit Pinang.

Ibrahim said the inscription on the tombstones show that they originated from Acheh, Indonesia and was usually used for the tombs of royalty and noblemen.

“The design of the tombstones resembles those found at the tomb of the 14th Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Muhyiddin Mansur Shah at Kampung Chegar, Tunjang,” Ibrahim said.

A member of the Malaysian Historical Society’s Kedah branch investigates a 330-year-old site believed to be the tomb of the 16th Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Ataullah Muhammad Syah II, in Kampung Bukit Pinang, Alor Setar, Malaysia, yesterday. - BERNAMA
A member of the Malaysian Historical Society’s Kedah branch investigates a 330-year-old site believed to be the tomb of the 16th Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Ataullah Muhammad Syah II, in Kampung Bukit Pinang, Alor Setar, Malaysia, yesterday. – BERNAMA

A book on the history of old Kedah by Muhammad Hassan Muhammad Arshad mentioned three Kedah sultans who ruled from Bukit Pinang: Sultan Ataullah Muhammad Shah II (1687-1698), Sultan Abdullah Muadzam Shah (1698-1706) and Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin Halim Shah I (1706-1709).

Ibrahim said the remains of Sultan Abdullah and Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin were buried at Langar Royal Mausoleum while Sultan Ataullah was buried at Bukit Pinang, but the tomb was never found.

“So that is why we believe that these tombs are that of Sultan Ataullah and his family members,” he told Bernama yesterday.