Two proclamations by Sir Andrew Clarke – 15 July 1874

Sir Andrew Clarke, Governor of the Straits Settlements 1873-1875. (Source: Wikimedia)

Following the signing of the Pangkor Treaty on 20 January 1874, two proclamations by Sir Andrew Clarke, Governor of the Straits Settlements, were published in the Straits Settlements Government Gazette on 15 July 1874, pertaining the appointment of Sultan Abdullah Muhammad Shah II as Sultan of Perak, and the retention of the title “Ex-Sultan” (Sultan Muda) for the deposed Sultan Ismail. Both proclamations from the Gazette are transcribed below.

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Penang, Wednesday, 15th July 1874

The following Proclamations are published for general information.

PROCLAMATION

By His Excellency Colonel Sir Andrew Clarke R.E., C.B., K.C.M.G. Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Straits Settlements.

Whereas an Engagement was entered into at Pulo Pangkor on the 20th day of January 1874, at the instance of the Chiefs of Perak, and executed in the presence of His Excellency the Governor of the Straits Settlements, for the pacification of the country, the re-establishment of the Royal Family and Chiefs in their respective ranks and authority, for the security of the people in life and property, the advancement of trade, and the development of the resources of the country; which engagement was entered into by the said Chiefs of their own free will, and with the intent and desire that the same should be carried into effect under the protection, and with the aid of her Majesty’s Government; and WHEREAS the said engagement has been approved;

NOW BE IT KNOWN TO ALL MEN, that in terms of the said engagements, Sultan Abdullah Mohamed Shah, son of the late Sultan Jaafar AlMaAllum Shah, is recognised by Her Majesty’s Government as Sultan of Perak and its Dependancies, and all her Majesty’s subjects and persons being in the Territories of Perak are required to take notice thereof, and to govern themselves accordingly; and Whereas certain evil disposed persons are said to be engaged in conspiracies to disturb the peace of the said country of Perak, and to incite to rebellion against the  lawful authority of the said Sultan Abdullah, and to the waging of unlawful war in Perak, such persons are hereby warned and required to desist from such practises, under the pains and penalties in that case made and provided.

By His Excellency’s Command
A.E.H. ANSON
Lieut-Governor of Penang
Lieut-Governor’s Office
Penang, 13th July 1874

PROCLAMATION

By His Excellency Colonel Sir Andrew Clarke R.E., C.B., K.C.M.G., Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Straits Settlements.

WHEREAS by an engagement entered into at Pulo Pangkor on the 20th day of January 1874 at the instance of and by the Chiefs of Perak, it was among other things agreed that the Bendahara Ismail, then acting as Regent Sultan of Perak, should on the recognition of Sultan Abdullah Mohamed Shah (son of the late Sultan Jaafar AlMaAllum Shah) be allowed to retain the Title of Ex-Sultan, with a pension, and that a small territory should be assigned to him; and Whereas the term of the said engagement have been approved;

NOW BE IT KNOWN TO ALL MEN, that in terms of of the said engagement, the said Ismail is recognized as Ex-Sultan of Perak, and the sum of $1,000 is assigned to be paid to him monthly out of the revenues of Perak, and all private property in mines, lands, houses, cattle etc held by the said Ex-Sultan Ismail, is preserved to him for his own use and purposes, and a portion of Territory shall hereafter be marked out, by Commissioners to be appointed for that purpose, to be governed by the said Ex-Sultan Ismail, and hereafter no Taxes nor Customs nor other Duties shall be levied by the said Ex-Sultan Ismail on persons other than those living on his own property, or in the Territory to be so assigned to him.

By His Excellency’s Command
A.E.H. ANSON
Lieut-Governor of Penang
Lieut-Governor’s Office
Penang, 13th July 1874

Source: Arkib Negara Malaysia

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