Sultan Yusuf Izzudin arrived in Malaya from Britain on 23 July 1953 on the Willem Ruys. Upon reaching Tanjung Malim, where he was greeted by the Menteri Besar, Dato’ Panglima Bukit Gantang, there was a big welcome for Tuanku. He was given a royal salute of 21 guns.
When asked by a reporter about the coronation, Sultan Yusuf Izzudin’s reply was that his visit to Britain was made all the more memorable by the knowledge that his rakyat were celebrating the same event at the same time. During the interview, Tuanku mentioned that he was particularly impressed with the orderliness of the London crowd. Tuanku also said,”I enjoyed every minute of the coronation. It was most impressive. I shall never forget it.” While in London, Tuanku also saw a good number of Malayan students and spoke to many from Perak.
In 1955, Tuanku went to Britain again for three months, of which he spent two weeks in a London clinic for recuperation. During the trip, Tuanku was accompanied by his physician, Dr. Megat Khas and his aide-de-camp, Captain Raja Amir. While in London, Tuanku, together with Sultan Ibrahim of Johor, attended a buka puasa at the Malaya Hall. Sultan Ibrahim was already in Britain for eleven months. Both Sultans returned to Malaya together on the Willem Ruys. Apparently, a 17-gun salute was shot as Sultan Ibrahim’s car crossed the causeway from Singapore.
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 Willem Ruys was a passenger liner that was built between 1939 and 1947. In 1964, her name was changed to Achille Lauro. She is most remembered for her 1985 hijacking. However, in 1994, the ship caught fire and sank in the Indian Ocean off Somalia.
1. 4 Malay Sultans for crowning. The Straits Times. 1952 October 24.
2. Big welcome for Sultan, home after C-Day. The Straits Times. 1953 July 24.
3. Sultans to attend Malaya Hall party in London. The Straits Times. 1955 June 8.
4. A big “welcome home” awaits Perak Ruler. The Straits Times. 1955 August 17.
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