This is an unused newsreel film of DYMM Sultan Yussuf Izzudin‘s 62nd birthday celebration in Ipoh, taken by Pathé News in January 1953. The film shows the presence of the British Advisor of Perak (likely to be Sir Dato’ Watherstone I. Blelloch, British Advisor 1951-6) and both British (12th Royal Lancers) and Malayan armed forces in the guard of honour. Apparently, this was the first time that the celebration of the Perak Sultan’s birthday was held outside Kuala Kangsar since the reign of Almarhum Sultan Idris Murshidul Azzam Shah. The celebration was held at the Ipoh Padang and for the first time, the general public was able to witness certain adat istiadat including the menjunjung duli as seen below.
As it is not possible to embed the film clip on SembangKuala, the following screenshots summarise the event filmed in Ipoh. The full clip can be viewed here at the British Pathé News archival website. It needs to be mentioned that this newsreel does not contain any audio.
Whilst Pathé News described the above as “paying homage”, according to SembangKuala’s consultant editor Raja Kobat Salehuddin ibni Almarhum Raja Muda Musa, the above photos show Raja Kechil Sulong Musa ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Aziz menjunjung duli on receiving the rank of Raja Kechil Besar.
Footnote: A newsreel was a form of short documentary film prevalent in the first half of the 20th century, regularly released in a public presentation place and containing filmed news stories and items of topical interest. It was a source of news, current affairs and entertainment for millions of moviegoers until television supplanted its role in the 1950s. Newsreels are now considered significant historical documents, since they are often the only audiovisual record of historical and cultural events of those times. Pathé Newsreels were produced from 1910 until the 1970s, when the newsreels in general stopped production. Pathé News today are known as British Pathé and their archive of over 90,000 reels is fully digitised and online. -Wikipedia
[This newsreel of Sultan Yussuf Izzudin’s birthday is the copyrighted property of British Pathé.]