DYAM Raja Bendahara Abdul Rashid ibni Sultan Idris Murshidul Azam Shah was born at Bukit Chandan in 1889. He was educated at the Central School, Taiping (now King Edward VII School) and the Malay College Kuala Kangsar. At the age of 19, he joined the Federal Secretariat in Kuala Lumpur in 1908 and was later in the Malay Civil Service (MCS). In 1911, he was aide-de-camp to his father, Sultan Idris I, and was a member of the entourage (which included Raja Chulan ibni Sultan Abdullah) accompanying Sultan Idris I at the coronation of George V and Queen Mary in England.
After serving 30 years to three Sultans (Sultan Idris I, Sultan Abdul Jalil and Sultan Abdul Aziz) as the aide-de-camp, Raja Abdul Rashid was promoted as the Malay Secretary to the Sultan in 1935. In the same year, Raja Abdul Rashid became the member of the Perak State Council.
Raja Abdul Rashid was Raja Kechil Bongsu in 1916, and was promoted to Raja Kechil Tengah in 1933 following the demise of Raja Said Tauphy ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdullah II. He was the Raja Di-Hilir in 1939 and was finally the Raja Bendahara Wakil al-Sultan Wazir al-Kabir in 1948. In 1950, Raja Bendahara Abdul Rashid was made Regent of Perak during Sultan Yussuf Izzudin’s trip to Europe. Raja Muda Idris at that time was in England furthering his studies.
Raja Abdul Rashid was first married to Raja Lun Zubaidah Raja Ahmad, and later to Raja Kimas, the daughter of Raja Sir Chulan. For his service in the MCS he was appointed Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by George VI in 1948, and later Companion of The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (CMG) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1954.
In his lifetime, Raja Abdul Rashid played polo in teams led by his brother, Sultan Iskandar Shah (1918-1938). He also holds an honorary commission in the F.M.S. Volunteer Force.
Raja Bendahara Abdul Rashid mangkat in 1958. He had issue, which included Raja Datin Mariam (the wife of Raja Dato Amir Raja Razman), Raja Shoran Shah, Raja Dr Ahmad Tajuddin Shah (Head of Department of Agricultural Technology at UPM) and Raja Ahmad Baharuddin Shah (whose son is Raja Datuk Kamarul Bahrin Shah of SeniBahri Arkitek, whose designs include the Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah near Kuala Trengganu).
For a .pdf file of Raja Bendahara Abdul Rashid’s family tree (courtesy of Raja Nur Jannah Raja Hirdan), please click here.
Footnote: Following his demise, the rank of Raja Bendahara was abolished and the Raja Di-Hilir was then second in line to the throne of Perak. The rank of Bendahara was subsequently bestowed on non-royals, as it had always been up to the time of Sultan Iskandar Dzulkarnain, with the title Yang Amat Berbahagia Orang Kaya Bendahara Seri Maharaja, currently held by YAB Tun Syed Zahiruddin Syed Hassan.
2. Raja Nur Jannah Raja Hirdan