Tunku Abdul Malik, Malaysian royal, Died at 86

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Tunku Abdul Malik ibni Sultan Badlishah was born on September 24, 1929, and died on November 29, 2015.

He was the heir presumptive [fn 1] to the throne of Kedah.

Tunku is the son of Sultan Badlishah and the brother of the current ruler, Sultan Abdul Halim.

He served as Regent of Kedah from 1970 to 1975.

Tunku Abdul Malik was born on 24 September 1929 at Istana Anak Bukit, Anak Bukit, as the second son of Tunku Badlishah and Tunku Sofiah Tunku Mahmud to survive infancy.

Tunku Badlishah was the seventh son of Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim (also the father of Tunku Abdul Rahman, first Prime Minister of Malaysia).

His father was appointed Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Kedah in 1935 and became sultan in 1943.

Tunku was educated at Titi Gajah Malay School and Sultan Abdul Hamid College, and attended Wadham College, Oxford.

His elder brother, Tunku Abdul Halim succeeded the throne in 1958 upon the death of their father.

Tunku became Regent of Kedah from 1970 to 1975 during Sultan Abdul Halim’s first reign as Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Because Sultan Abdul Halim has no sons, Tunku Abdul Malik was designated as heir in 1981, and was invested as Raja Muda.

Tunku married Tengku Raudzah Sultan Hisamuddin (born 29 September 1929 – died 21 September 2015), the daughter of Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah of Selangor, on 16 July 1956 at Istana Bukit Kota, Alor Setar.

After his appointment as Raja Muda in 1981, Tengku Raudzah became the Raja Puan Muda.

They had been married for 59 years until Tengku Raudzah’s death in September 2015.

Tunku outlived his wife by two months.

Tunku Abdul Malik passed away at 1:00 am, on November 29, 2015 at age 86 at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, Alor Star due to old age.

His body was laid to rest in the Kedah Royal Mausoleum in Langgar.

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