The installation ceremony of the DYMM Sultan Idris Shah II, 1963

The following is a translated excerpt from the Buku Chenderamata Pertabalan Sultan Idris Shah regarding the installation of DYMM Sultan Idris Al-Mutawakkil Alallahi Shah at Istana Iskandariah on 26 October 1963.

The installation ceremony is also known as the Tabal Adat which was held on Saturday, 26 October 1963. The installation was preceded by the playing of the nobat for four days from 22 October. The nobat Raja Berangkat was played at 10.35am. DYMM Sultan Idris Shah was dressed with the Mahkota (aigrette) adorning the tengkolok, as well as the Pontoh Bernaga and Rantai Bunga Nyior, and would proceed towards the Balai Rong Seri accompanied by the Panglima Besar, DYTM Raja Muda Musa ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Aziz, DYAM Raja Di-Hilir Ekram ibni Almarhum Sultan Yussuf Izzudin and other royal retainers. On arrival at the Balai Rong Seri, DYMM Sultan Idris took his seat on the singgahsana.

DYMM Sultan Idris Shah II kissing the blade of Chura Si-Manjakini during the tabal adat at the Balai Rong Seri, Istana Iskandariah. Standing on his right is his military ADC, Raja Dato Amir Raja Razman. (Image courtesy of Raja Annuar Raja Ahmed Sifuddin)

The sword Chura Si-Manjakini was brought forward by the YM Raja Chik Muda Pawang Di-Raja flanked by the Panglima Perang Kanan and Kiri. Following suit were the bentaras wielding the other articles of the Perak regalia. All these articles were then placed before the singgahsana, except for the Chap Halilintar and the Mestika Embun. The Panglima Besar then presented Chura Si-Manjakini to the Pawang Di-Raja, who in turn then presented the sword to DYMM Sultan Idris. On receiving the Chura Si-Manjakini, DYMM Sultan Idris unsheathed the sword and placed the blade to his lips. The Chura Si-Manjakini was then resheathed and placed on Tuanku’s right shoulder[1].

The Chap Halilintar, seen placed on the right ear of DYMM Sultan Idris Shah II.

The Toh Seri Nara Di-Raja would then come forward to the singgahsana and, without performing the mengangkat sembah, presented DYMM Sultan Idris the Mestika Embun. The Chap Halilintar was placed on Tuanku’s right ear following which the Toh Seri Nara whispered the Rahsia Nasab Sultani[2]. Only then would the Toh Seri Nara mengangkat sembah and retreat from the singgahsana to his own seat. At that moment, the installation of Tuanku as the Sultan of Perak was officially complete.

The YAB Orang Kaya Seri Maharaja then stood to proclaim “Daulat Tuanku!” three times, reciprocated by those present in the Balai Rong Seri. The newly installed DYMM Sultan Idris Shah II then took his seat on the singgahsana accompanied by the nobat and the sounds of a 21-gun salute. A doa selamat was then made by the Perak mufti to bring the installation ceremony to a close.

Portrait of DYMM Sultan Idris Shah II and DYMM Raja Perempuan Muzwin at the tabal adat. Note the Pontoh Bernaga armlet around Tuanku Sultan Idris' right upper arm, and the Pontoh Ular Lidi armlets around Tuanku Raja Perempuan Muzwin's upper arms.

[1]Chura Si-Manjakini was carried by Sang Sapurba in this manner when he made the promise with Demang Lebar Daun, the Raja of Palembang.
[2]Nasab (نسب) is a series of patronymics (personal name based on the name of one’s father) in genealogy indicating a person’s heritage by the word ibn (or bin) meaning ‘the son of’. Several nasab can follow in a chain, to trace a person’s ancestry backwards in time, and this instance the nasab sultani traces the Perak Sultan’s heritage to Raja Iskandar Zulqarnain of Makaduniah.


1. Isti’adat pertabalan. Buku Chenderamata Pertabalan Sultan Idris Shah. 1963. p16.
2. Wikipedia. Nasab.

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