Celebration of DYMM Sultan Yussuf Izzudin’s 62nd birthday on British Pathé News, 1953

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.

Sultan Yussuf Izzudin 's arrival at the parade ground, greeted by the British Advisor for Perak.

Also present were (from left) DYTM Raja Muda Idris ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, DYAM Raja Bendahara Abdul Rashid ibni Almarhum Sultan Idris, DYAM Raja Di-Hilir Kamaralzaman Raja Mansur and the Dato' Panglima Kinta Hj Mohd Eusoff Mohd Yusuff.

Sultan Yussuf Izzudin inspecting the guard of honour comprising both Malayan and British armed forces. In front of Tuanku are (?)Raja Ekram ibni Sultan Yussuf Izzudin (left) and Tuanku's ADC, Raja Dato' Amir Raja Razman.

The nobat playing as Sultan Yussuf Izzudin heads towards the audience chamber, accompanied by the three Raja Bergelar.

Abdul Wahab bin Toh Muda Abdul Aziz, the Perak Menteri Besar, pledging loyalty to Sultan Yussuf Izzudin. Behind him are YAM Raja Musa ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Aziz (left) and the Dato' Panglima Kinta.

Sultan Yussuf Izzudin reading his birthday speech.

Sultan Yussuf Izzudin awarding medals to those on his birthday honours list.

Raja Bendahara Abdul Rashid and Raja Puan Kechil Aishah Raja Saidin.

Raja Muda Idris and Raja Puan Besar Noor Izah.

This appears to be Raja Musa ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Aziz performing the menjunjung duli, according to Pathé News, "paying homage" to Sultan Yussuf Izzudin. The last photo shows Sultan Yussuf Izzudin sprinkling rice as a sign of acceptance. (Click to enlarge)

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.

Dirgahayu! One of the many signs around the town of Ipoh commemorating Sultan Yussuf Izzudin's birthday.


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.]

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