Raja Chulan Raja Dato Ahmad Tajuddin has these to say about his late father, fondly known by many as Ku Tak: “Referring to the above photo, it shows my late father riding a tractor. I remember that vividly because I was about four years old then. He used to sit me on that very tractor while he attended the padi in the field. This was when he was a very junior field officer at the Talang Agriculture Experimental Station at Low Road in Kuala Kangsar.
“It was his long stint with the Agriculture Department in Kuala Kangsar that endeared the kampung folks to him and he was quite fondly called ‘anak Raja kampung‘. He was always at ease with the villagers of Talang and even Kampung Sayong, way across the Perak River. As a matter of fact, when he was promoted and piloted the Persatuan Peladang Scheme in Padang Rengas, there was an offer for him to enter politics, which he vehemently declined. His reason was that he would not be able to do what he has been doing for the rural poor if he had gone into politics. He felt that he had more to give to the kampung folks by enriching their agricultural livelihood.
“I believe he lived his last days with the rural rakyat in his heart and had served the nation well.”
Ku Tak was born in 1927, the third son of Raja Razman and Sharifah Hendon. He was a former Director-General of Persatuan Peladang and past President of the Royal Ipoh Club (1988). In 1983, he received the Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perak from Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah. He was married to Raja Datin Nor Zaharah Badiozaman. He passed away in 1997, aged 70.