After the demise of Sultan Alauddin Mughayat Shah (Marhum Sulong) in 1728, the Raja Muda, Raja Inu, who was the younger brother to Marhum Sulong residing in Bernam, was installed as the Sultan Mudzaffar Shah III. He then moved to Berahman Indera (Bota Kanan). Sultan Mudzaffar’s younger brother, Raja Bisnu, was then made Yang di-Pertuan Muda (Sultan Muda) as Yang di-Pertuan Muda Muhammad Shah, in turn resided in Pulau Tiga, Lambor and he had issue – Raja Iskandar, Raja Kimas, Raja Alauddin and Raja Bongsu.
Perak was attacked by Bugis from Selangor, led by Daeng Chelak, the second Yam Tuan of Riau. Perak was politically torn asunder, and it was believed that the Bugis attackers sided with Yang di-Pertuan Muda Muhammad Shah, with the support of some Orang-orang Besar Perak. Yang di Pertuan Muda Muhammad Shah was installed as Sultan Muhammad Shah during this volatile period from 1742 to 1743, during which Perak had two Sultans. Sultan Mudzaffar Shah III, who was then residing in Kuala Kangsar, controlled the span of Perak from Pachat to Ulu Perak in the north, whilst his brother, Sultan Muhammad Shah, residing in Pulau Tiga, controlled the state from Pachat to Hilir Perak, at the estuary of Sungai Perak. It was not long before the two brothers finally reconciled, and Sultan Mudzaffar Shah III remained in power and moved back to reside in Berahman Indera.
In 1743, a Bugis Raja named Daeng Salili (Haji Besar) had fought off pirates at Pulau Sembilan and brought the subdued pirates to Sultan Mudzaffar. Daeng Salili was then married to Sultan Mudzaffar’s sister, Raja Tengah, and was appointed Mufti of Perak, and was subsequently made an Orang Besar Perak with the title Maharaja Lela Tan Lela Putera Panchong Ta’ Bertanya. Daeng Salili was also the private bodyguard to Sultan Mudzaffar.
Sultan Mudzaffar Shah III reigned in Perak for 28 years and mangkat on Friday, 7 Zulka’edah 1167H (1754) and was conferred the title Marhum Haji Allah. He was interred at Kampung Selat, Berahman Indera (Bota Kanan).
Footnote: This article has attracted some intriguing comments, all of which can be read below (or by clicking the number by the small grey balloon on the top right corner of this post). One comment, by saudara Megat Iskandar At-Terawis, of interest is the likely ‘misreading’ of Sultan Muzaffar Shah III’s conferred post-humous title in the original transcript of the Royal Perak Genealogy (Maxwell. Royal Asiatic Society. p 24).
The jawi transcript reads, “…baginda ini di gelar Al-Marhum Hajilallah“, where the spelling is clearly ha-alif-jim-ya-lam-alif-lam-lam-ha.