Orang Kaya-kaya Mahakurnia DiRaja: Raja Dato’ Seri Shahriman bin Raja Abdul Hamid

Portrait of Raja Shahriman in his FMS Police Force uniform, which he joined after leaving the Malay College. (Source: Raja Shahriman Raja Harun Al Rashid)

Raja Dato’ Seri Shahriman was born 23 January 1895 to Raja Abdul Hamid ibni Sultan Idris Murshidul Azzam Shah. Raja Shahriman’s mother was Che Zaidah binti Haji Mat Saman (who later married* Raja Kechil Sulong Harun Al Rashid upon the demise of Raja Abdul Hamid). His siblings were DYMM Raja Perempuan Taayah (consort of DYMM Sultan Yusuf Izzudin ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Jalil) and Raja Razman (Ku Nick).

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Raja Shahriman, standing fourth from left, next to William Hargreaves, Headmaster of the Malay College. Photo taken c.1914. (Source: Arkib Negara Malaysia)

Like most royal sons and those from the upper echelons of Malay society, Raja Shahriman was educated at the Malay College. At College, Raja Shahriman’s character stood out amongst the other royals and not surprisingly he was made head boy from 1911 to 1914. Among his well-known contemporaries at the ‘Eton of the East’ were Onn bin Jaafar (later Dato’ and the founding father of UMNO) and Hussein bin Mohd Taib (later Dato’, and father to Tun Abdul Razak and grandfather of Dato’ Seri Najib). After completing his education at Koleq, Raja Shahriman joined the FMS Police Force and rose to the rank of Assistant Commisioner.

Cigars were never far from Raja Dato' Seri Shahriman. (Source: Raja Kobat Salehuddin ibni Raja Muda Musa)

On 1 July 1929, Raja Shahriman was granted the title of Engku Orang Kaya-kaya Indira Mahakurnia Indira di-Raja** by his uncle, Sultan Iskandar Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Idris I. On the same occasion, Raja Shahriman was also appointed Orang Besar Jajahan Manjung, a post he held until 1984. Raja Shahriman was also aide-de-camp to Sultan Iskandar Shah and was involved in the retrocession of the Dindings and Pulau Pangkor to Perak on 16 February 1935. Given his enormous contributions to the people of Manjung district, a school in Beruas and a residential area in Sitiawan were named after him.

Raja Shahriman played for the Idris XI team, seen here in front of Baitul Aman at Bukit Chandan. c.?1917 -1921

Like Raja Sir Chulan ibni Sultan Abdullah, Raja Shahriman was involved in the efforts to strengthen the rights and improve the welfare of the Malays. In 1940, Raja Shahriman was the head of the Perak chamber for Kesatuan Melayu Muda in the early struggle for independence.

Raja Shahriman was an avid sportsman. His passion for football since his younger days made him President of the Persatuan Bola Sepak Melayu Semenanjung (which organised the Piala Emas Raja-Raja tournament from 1947).

Atah? Dari rupa sampai ke character… serba-serbi berbeza dengan Tok (Raja Razman). Cukup bertenang orangnya,” replied Raja Harun Al Rashid Raja Razman when asked to describe his uncle, Raja Shahriman. He also added that whenever people talked about Ku Nick to Raja Shahriman, Ku Sherry (as Raja Shahriman was fondly known as) usually will just shake his head, “…only God knows!”

Left: Che Zohorin, Raja Shahriman’s first wife. Right: Raja Shahriman with his second wife, Toh Puan Rokiah. (Source: Raja Aziah Raja Shahriman)

Raja Shahriman was first married to Che Zohorin and then to (Toh Puan) Rokiah binti Yeop Kassim.

Raja Shahriman died in 1987, aged 92, and was interred at Makam DiRaja Al-Gufran, Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar. He had issue, which include Major General Raja Dato’ Ibrahim.

For the family tree of Raja Shahriman, click here to view the .pdf file.


[*] The term here is referred to as ‘berganti tikar‘.
[**] The title of OKK Mahakurnia DiRaja was granted specifically for Raja Shahriman by Sultan Iskandar in recognition of the untimely early demise of Raja Abdul Hamid (elder brother of Sultan Iskandar) who was due to be made Raja Di-Hilir. Following Raja Shahriman’s demise, the title of OKK Mahakurnia DiRaja was abolished and was replaced by OKK Seri Agar DiRaja, currently held by Tan Sri Dato’ Seri DiRaja Haji Ramli bin Ngah Talib.

1. Laman Web Rasmi Majlis Perbandaran Manjung
2. Portal Rasmi Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Manjung
3. Wikipedia: Persatuan Bola Sepak Melayu Malaysia
4. Wikipedia: Senarai sekolah menengah di Malaysia – Perak
5. William R. Roff. Nasionalisme Melayu, Penterjemahan Ahmad Boestamam. Penerbit Universiti Malaya; 2003.
6. YM Raja Nur Jannah binti Raja Hirdan

10 thoughts on “Orang Kaya-kaya Mahakurnia DiRaja: Raja Dato’ Seri Shahriman bin Raja Abdul Hamid

  1. Raja Dato’ Seri Shahriman (Ayah Besar to me) and Bapak were half brothers – same mother, different fathers. If memory serves me right, there was a write up on him in one of the newspapers where he was dubbed ‘The Grand Old Man of Lumut’.

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  3. By virtue of his rank as Assistant Commisioner of Police, Raja Shahriman (or Atah) was made the local ADC to Lord Mountbatten when the latter made an official visit to Malaya, and was presented with Lord Mountbatten’s officer’s baton which I believe is being kept by his daughter.

  4. Read up on Siak dynasty which chronicles the interlink between Perak and Siak royal families… interesting but mind-boggling!

  5. I am in possession of a hand-written slightly tattered salasilah of Perak royal families (not sure of its authenticity) that traces back to Raja Suran (Raja Singapura) and his descendants spreads out to other states namely Pahang, Johor and Terengganu and also some intermarriages with Siak, Aceh and Minangkabau… will show Mahariz when i see him.

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  7. He is onyang to me and I am Sayang to him. I am greatful to whoever posted this info on him. At least I know my roots on the Perak side.

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