His Royal Highess Sultan Perak Darul Ridzuan
SULTAN AZLAN MUHIBBUDDIN SHAH IBNI ALMARHUM
SULTAN YUSSUF IZZUDDIN SHAH GHAFARULLAHU-LAH
D.K. , D.K.M. , D.M.N. , D.K. (KELANTAN), D.K. (TERENGGANU),
D.K. (PERLIS), D.K. (JOHOR), D.K. (SELANGOR), D.K. (KEDAH),
D.K.M.B. (BRUNEI), D.K. (NEGERI SEMBILAN), D.K. (PAHANG),
S.S.M. , P.M.N. , P.S.M., D.K.S.A., S.P.C.M. , S.P.T.S. , S.P.M.P. , S.I.M.P.
His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Muhibuddin Shah was born on April 19, 1928 in Batu Gajah, Perak and married to Her Royal Highness Tuanku Bainun binti Mohd. Ali, the Raja Permaisuri Perak. They are blessed with five children, two princes and three princesses.
His Royal Highness early education was at Government English School, Batu Gajah now known as Sultan Yussuf School Batu Gajah. He continued his higher education at the prestigious Malay College, Kuala Kangsar. He went to read law at the University of Nottingham where he was conferred the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1953 and was admitted to the English Bar by the Honorable Society of Lincoln's Inn on 23rd November 1954.
On His return from the United Kingdom, he first served as the Assistant State Secretary of Perak. Thereafter, he joined the Judicial and Legal Service of the Federation of Malaya where he served as First Class Magistrate and as President of the Sessions Court respectively. Subsequently His Royal Highness was appointed to the following offices; as Federal Counsel and Deputy Public Prosecutor, Legal Adviser of the State of Pahang and later of Johore, as Registrar of the High Court of Malaya was and as Chief Registrar of the Federal Court of Malaysia.
In 1965, at the age of only thirty-seven years, His Royal Highness was elevated to the Bench of the High Court of Malaya being the youngest judge to be appointed in the Commonwealth. In 1973, His Royal Highness was made a Federal Court Judge and six years later in 1979, His Royal
Highness was appointed the Chief Justice of the High Court of Malaya, an office which He held until His appointment as the Lord President (now Chief Justice) of the Federal Court of Malaysia on 12 November 1982.
On July 1, 1983, His Royal Highness was appointed as The Raja Muda of Perak and ascended the Perak throne on 3rd February 1984 as the 34th Sultan of Perak and was officially installed on the 9th December 1985.
The Higher institutions of learning have also benefited from His Royal Highness contributions. Among the many positions His Royal Highness held were Pro-Chancellor of University Science of Malaysia (October 4th 1971 - February 1984), Chairman of the Higher Education Advisory Council (November 1st 1974 - October 31st 1976), and Chancellor of University of Malaya since February 8th, 1986.
His Royal Highness was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature by University of Malaya on June 30th 1979 and an Honorary Doctorate of Law by University Science of Malaysia on June 28th 1980. His Royal Highness outstanding achievements are also recognized by foreign universities; the University of Nottingham conferred on His Royal Highness an Honorary Doctorate of Law on July, 11th 1986 followed by Lincoln's Inn, London which awarded His Royal Highness "Honorary Bencher" in 1988. His Royal Highness was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law by University Gadja Mada, Jogjakarta Indonesia on September 28th 1990, University of Brunei Darussalam on October 30th 1990 and University Chulalongkorn, Bangkok, Thailand on December 19th. 1990. On October 2nd 1991 His Royal Highness awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Royal College of Physician of Ireland, the Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, the Honorary Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and also the Honorary Fellowship of The Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1999.
For His excellent service to the nation, His Royal Highness was conferred the following federal and foreign awards and decorations: D.K.;D.K.M.; D.M.N.; D.K.(Kelantan);D.K.(Terengganu); D.K. (Perlis); D.K. (Johor); D.K.(Selangor); D.K.(Kedah); D.K.M.B.(Brunei); D.K.(Negeri Sembilan); D.K.(Pahang); S.S.M.: P.M.N.; P.S.M.; S.P.C.M.; S.P.T.S.; S.P.M.P.; S.I.M.P. The most Auspicious of The Rajamitrabhorn Thailand; Grand Order of Mugunghwa (Republic of Korea)); Collar of The Japanese Order of The Chrysanthemum and Grand Cordon of The Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum (Japan); Civil Order; 1st Class (Oman) and Orden Al-Merito De Chile (Republic of Chile); the Bintang ADI PURNA (Republic of Indonesia) and Hon. Knight Grand Cross (Civil Division) of The Order of The Bath (U.K.). His Royal Highness was also awarded The PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIP by the Rotary International and the Melvin Jones Fellow Award by Lions Clubs International.
His Royal Highness enthusiasm for sports especially hockey began at school. His Royal Highness is presently The President of Malaysian Hockey Federation, President of the Asian Hockey and Vice-President of FIH (International Hockey Federation). Other than hockey His Royal Highness is an avid golfer. His Royal Highness is The Royal Patron of the following student, graduate, professional and charitable clubs and associations namely: The Malaysian Law Society in Great Britain and Eire, The British Graduates Association of Malaysia, the Academy of Medicine of Malaysia, The Rotary Clubs, The Lions Clubs, The Royal Ipoh Club and The Royal Perak Golf Club, The Iskandar Polo Club, Ipoh, The Kuala Kangsar Golf Club, The Malaysian Nature Society and The Perak Veteran Hockey Association.
At The Perak Domestic Tourism Exposition in 1992 an orchid was named after His Royal Highness i.e. "Doritinopsis Sultan Azlan Shah" after receiving the best plant award in its section.
A new genus of insects Azlania Costatipennis (Jacoby) , Azlania apicalis Mohamedsaid and Azlania borneensis Mohamedsaid were found and named after His Royal Highness The Sultan, being the Patron of The Malaysia Nature Society - Belum Scientific Expedition 1993 - 1994.
His Royal Highness was proclaimed as the Ninth King of Malaysia on April 1989-25th April.