DYAM Raja Dato’ Seri Ahmad Hisham bin Raja Abdul Malik was born at Kampung Durian Sebatang, Teluk Anson, on 19 August 1906. He was the grandson of Almarhum Sultan Abdullah Muhammad Shah II, and was also the nephew of DYAM Raja Di-Hilir Sir Chulan and first cousin to YAM Raja Kecil Besar Raja Lope Nur Rashid.
Tuanku was educated at the Anglo-Chinese School, Teluk Anson and the Malay College, Kuala Kangsar.
Tuanku entered the FMS Police Force and served during the Second World War, during which he was the Malay Section Chief of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), the most senior Malay CID officer in Malaya. Tuanku was detained by the Fujiwara Kikan (intelligence unit) of the Imperial Japanese army after the fall of Kuala Lumpur in 1941. It was known that he endured torture by the Japanese during his period of detention. According to Mustapha Hussain’s memoirs, Malay Nationalism Before UMNO, he was arrested by the Japanese along with two other Malay police officers in January 1942. Tuanku was almost taken away by the kempeitai (Japanese Military Police) to be ‘punished’ for his ‘unforgiveable crimes’. The Japanese (and the Kesatuan Melayu Muda, or KMM) saw Tuanku as a British stooge but being an officer who was steadfast in executing his duties, he did not shirk his responsibilities as a police officer. After the war, Tuanku was the Assistant Superintendent of the FMS Police Force in 1948. Tuanku was later with the Perak State Public Service Commission and was also the Orang Besar Jajahan of Hilir Perak.
Tuanku was granted the title of Raja Kechil Tengah on 30 June 1962 and was promoted to Raja Kechil Sulong on 1 February 1963. Tuanku was finally made the Raja Di-Hilir on 1 August 1978 at the age of 72, upon the death of DYAM Raja Di-Hilir Ekram ibni Almarhum Sultan Yusuf Izzudin.
Due to his advancing age, Tuanku had allowed to be by-passed three times in his promotion to the rank of Raja Muda – first, to Raja Tun Azlan Shah ibni Almarhum Yusuf Izzudin Shah in 1983, Raja Ahmad Siffuddin ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Shah in 1984 and finally Raja Nazrin Shah ibni Sultan Azlan Shah in 1987.
Almarhum mangkat in Ipoh on 21 September 1997 and was interred at the Bukit Chandan Royal Mausoleum, Kuala Kangsar. He was 91.
Almarhum was married to Raja Puan Muda Datin Seri Nor Kamar binti Raja Salim, and had four daughters – Raja Aishah, Raja Aziah, Raja Amiriah and Raja Asmah.
In his lifetime, Almarhum was known to be an avid collector of red MG cars.
The Japanese Military Intelligence Unit was named after its Chief, Major Fujiwara Iwaichi.
As CID Malay divisonal chief of the FMS Police Force, Raja Ahmad Hisham had arrested a large number of KMM members, who were felt by the British to be sympathetic to the Japanese cause in the KMM’s fight for Malaya’s independence from the British, as well as some Japanese nationals.
Raja Nor Kamar binti Raja Salim was also a granddaughter of Almarhum Sultan Abdullah Muhammad Shah II. Her mother was Raja Saleha, a daughter of Almarhum Sultan Abdullah, and this makes Raja Ahmad Hisham and Raja Nor Kamar first cousins.
1. Mustapha Hussain. Saving Malay Police Officers. In Malay Nationalism Before UMNO: The Memoirs of Mustapha Hussain, ed. Jomo KS. Kuala Lumpur: Utusan Publications; 2005. p198-204.
2. Raja Zazlan Raja Shahrin