YM Raja Haji Shahar Shah bin Raja Harun Al Rashid

YM Raja Haji Shahar Shah bin Raja Haji Harun Al Rashid was the first cousin of our grandfather (YM Raja Razman bin Raja Abdul Hamid), whom he used to called yeop (a Perak term of endearment which means ‘brother’).  Like his cousins, Raja Shahar Shah was educated at the Malay College, Kuala Kangsar.

Raja Shahar Shah as a young man. (Source: Raja Nur Jannah Raja Hirdan)

Raja Shahar Shah joined MAS in 1917 before being transferred to Malay Civil Service (MCS) in 1924. He was the Assistant District Officer of Tapah in 1933 before promoted as aide-de-camp to Kenneth Murchison, the British High Commisioner in Malaya from 1933 to 1934. In 1935, he was the acting District Officer of Kroh (now Pengkalan Hulu), after which he was officiating ADO Tapah from 1936 to 1937, Tanjung Malim from 1937 to1939, Pekan from 1939 to 1941 and ADO Larut from 1948 to 1949. In 1949, he was appointed as the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal until 1950. Raja Haji Shahar Shah was also Chairman of Syarikat Kenderaan Seri Jaya Berhad, Kuala Lumpur.

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Raja Haji Shahar Shah as the Chairman of SK Seri Jaya Bhd presenting the Challenge Cup of the Armed Forces Annual Inter Unit Cross Country Championship to Major-General Abdul Hamid bin Bidin, Chief of General Staff and President of the Armed Forces Sports Control Board. This photo was taken on May 1, 1964 at the General’s office in the Ministry of Defence, Rifle Range Road. (Photo: Arkib Negara Malaysia)

He had issue, which includes DYAM Raja Puan Muda Perak Raja Nor Mahani, the consort of DYAM Raja Di-Hilir Jaafar ibni Raja Muda Musa and YM Raja Nor Jasmi, among the seven of the first intake of Women Police Inspector in 1955.

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