DYAM Raja Dato’ Seri Ahmad Hisham (Raja Di-Hilir: 1978-1997)

Raja Ahmad Hisham

Portrait of DYAM Raja Di-Hilir Dato' Seri Ahmad Hisham Raja Abdul Malik.

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[1]) 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’[2]. 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.

This photo appears to be at a school sports day and was taken when Raja Ahmad Hisham was Orang Besar Jajahan Hilir Perak. Seated on his left is his wife, Raja Nor Kamar Raja Salim. (Photo courtesy of Raja Zazlan Raja Shahrin)

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[3], 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.

Footnote:
[1]The Japanese Military Intelligence Unit was named after its Chief, Major Fujiwara Iwaichi.
[2]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.
[3]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.

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Reference:
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
3. RoyalArk.net

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22 thoughts on “DYAM Raja Dato’ Seri Ahmad Hisham (Raja Di-Hilir: 1978-1997)

  1. Yeop2 Sembang Kuale’,

    A small correction on the info of our beloved Marhum Tuanku Raja Ahmad Hisham.. He had allowed to be passed 3 times not twice, 1st was by Raja Azlan (present Sultan) upon death of my dad Tuanku Raja Muda Musa (mangkat 1983), 2nd was by Tuanku Raja Ahmad Siffudiin (Ku Tam) 3rd Tuanku Raja Nazrin. ..

    regards,
    RMuzafar
    (KuMuz – Lumut)

    • Ku Muzafar,

      We stand corrected on your comment. Thank you so much for highlighting this.
      Tuanku Sultan Azlan was Raja Kecil Besar from 1st August 1978 till 1983 (upon kemangkatan Al-marhum DYTM Raja Muda Musa). Tuanku Azlan was appointed as Tuanku Raja Muda on 1st July 1983 while Tuanku Raja Ahmad Hisham remained as Raja di-Hilir since 1st August 1978 until 21 September 1997.

      Thank you Sir,

      Rgds,
      Patik2 di Sembang Kuala

  2. moyang patik YM Raja Mariam bt Raja Abdul Malek adalah kekanda kepada DYAM Raja Ahmad Hisham,Raja Dihilir Perak.salasilah penuh ada di royalark.com.patik minta jasa baik sembang kuala letakkan gambar Tuanku,adik-beradik dan anak-anaknya.patik bagi pihak kerabat Sultan Abdullah berterima kasih kpd sembang kuala..wassalam…

    • Dear Rafiq,

      Kami akan cuba sedaya upaya untuk memenuhi hajat Tuan bergantung kepada sejauh mana kami dapat memperolehi informasi & juga gambar2. Kami di Sembang Kuala juga amat mengalu-alukan jika pihak Tuan ada mempunyai info atau gambar yg boleh dikongsi bersama.

      Terima kasih di atas kunjungan dan cadangan Tuan.

      Rgds,
      Editors Sembang Kuala

  3. Terima kasih sembang kuala,saya akan cuba kumpulkan gambar keluarga DYAM RAJA DIHILIR, RAJA DATO” SERI AHMAD HISHAM IBNI RAJA ABDUL MALEK IBNI SULTAN ABDULLAH MUHAMMAD HABIBULLAH SHAH dan YM RAJA MARIAM BT RAJA ABDUL MALEK IBNI SULTAN ABDULLAH MUHAMMAD HABIBULLAH SHAH.Saya amat berpuas hati melihat gambar2 anakanda Sultan Abdullah spt Raja Mansur,Raja Chulan.Saya minta jasa baik pihak sembang kuala memaparkan gambar RAJA PEREMPUAN KALSOM BT RAJA KULOP MUHAMMAD dan adik beradiknya.tq.wassalam….

  4. Assalamualaikum W.B.T

    Hi, i am brother of Rafiq. Call me remi. I am very proud of our sovereignty. Please add our family name until the last. Your kindness and co-operation is highly appreciated. May Allah S.W.T. bless our royal family. Amin. Thank you for your support.

  5. Assalamualaikum W.B.T.

    Actually I’m very proud of Y.B.M. Raja Tun Mohar bin Raja Badiozaman for his achievement as president of Bank Islam Malaysia (1983-1992) and becoming a Pro-Chancellor for the Univ. of Technology Petronas (1993-2003). He is a cousin of my grandfather Y.M. Raja Idris bin Raja Ahmad Tajuddin. As you know the last name of our family genealogy ends with Raja Ahmad Tajuddin @ Raja Nabihi bin Raja Ismail bin Raja Kulop Muhammad ibni Raja Bendahara Alang Iskandar, as attached in royal ark.com. Actually, this is something additional that we must add more because these names are missing and needs correcting.

  6. Aslmkm,mintak sembang kuala adakan dalam bahasa melayu plak,penting nie sume untuk generasi akan datang.perbaiki lagi

    • Walaikumusalam,
      Kami akan mengambil kira pandangan saudara dan akan cuba setakat mana yang mampu.

      Terima kasih.
      SembangKuala

  7. Mengenai DYAM Raja Ahmad Hisham membenarkan tiga Raja Bergelar melangkah gilirannya menjadi DYTM Raja Muda, ramai di kalangan orang awam di Malaysia yang tidak peka atau tidak mengetahui mengenai keadaan sebenar.

    Yang lebih menyakitkan hati, ada yang menuduh Tuanku Sultan Azlan sewenang-wenangnya meletakkan Tuanku Raja Nazrin sebagai Raja Muda. Saya sendiri pernah bertekak dengan orang awam yang mengatakan sedemikian.

    Padahal, Raja Ahmad Hisham sendiri yang membenarkan perkara ini dilakukan – since kemangkatan Almarhum Raja Muda Musa dalam tahun 1983 lagi!

    Diharap maklumat ini dapat ‘enlighten’ orang-orang awam yang kurang memahami.

    PS: Bayangkan kalau Tuanku masih sihat dari 1983 hingga 1997, dgn persetujuan Dewan Negara, mungkin Almarhum yang menaiki takhta menggantikan Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah II.

    MEGAT ISKANDAR MEGAT ZAHARUDDIN

  8. Allahyarham Bapak was very close to almarhum Tuanku, and my brother, Izran, also recalled that Bapak used to tell us how Almarhum was tortured by the Japanese. Such heroes – our ancestors!

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  10. saya ada menyimpan gambar almarhum bersama arwah bapa yang bertugas sebagai penghulu pasir panjang ulu. tujuan saya sebenarnya hendak mencari ym raja hasmah, yang saya panggil “cemah” anaknda kepada almarhum. kami terputus hubungan ketika ym bertukar kesekolah menengah convent teluk intan pada tahun 1966.

  11. Salam Puan Rosiaton,

    Raja Asmah kini masih menetap di Teluk Intan dan she’s actually my auntie. InsyaAllah saya akan sampaikan hajat puan kepadanya.

    • Salam..Alhamdullilah,
      Saya kini bermastautin di Kuching, Sarawak. InsyaAllah akan balik ke Semananjung bila pencen kelak. Mungkin kalau kami berjumpa kami tidak lagi mengenali… what do you expect after 44 years gap!! Teluk Intan pun hanya lalu saja tak masuk pekan kerana keluarga semua menetap di sitiawan.
      Sampaikan salam rindu saya kepada YM.

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  16. Memang patut Sembangkuala dibuat dalam bahasa Melayu kerana ia bahasa kebangsaan. Rasanya Sultan Abdullah mungkin ada anak yang sulung sebelum Raja Ngah Mansur kerana Ngah itu bermaksud yang tengah. Ini kerana dari sumber yang boleh dipercayai, anak sulung Sultan Abdullah menetap di Sauk bersama dengan Raja Mahadi, iaitu bapa kepada Raja Musa bin Raja Mahadi, dan dikatakan kemungkinan Raja Ismail ini merajuk dan membawa diri. Keturunan masih ada.

    • Salam. Paparan SembangKuala kebanyakannya ditulis dalam Bahasa Inggeris dengan harapan isikandungnya dapat juga dinikmati oleh peminat sejarah Perak yang tidak fasih berbahasa Melayu, terutama muatan dari sumber asal yang ditulis dalam Bahasa Melayu. Kami juga ada memaparkan bahan dalam bahasa Melayu yang diterjemahkan dari dokumen/buku bahasa Inggeris.

      Sultan Abdullah sememangnya ada seorang putera yang dilahirkan sebelum Raja Ngah Mansur, tetapi putera ini mangkat sewaktu kecil.

      -M.

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