Saturday, May 9, 2009

About Raja Dr Nazrin Shah

Raja Dr Nazrin Shah ibni Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah is the Crown Prince of Perak. He is the eldest son of the current Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Muhibbudin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Yusuff Izzudin Shah Ghafarullahu-lahu and the Raja Permaisuri of Perak Tuanku Bainun Binti Mohd. Ali.

Raja Nazrin was born in Penang on November 27, 1956.

Academic Life

Raja Nazrin has an academic and intellectual background with a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of government, Harvard; and Ph.D in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University. Raja Nazrin’s research interests are in the area of economic and political development in South-East and North-East Asia, historical national income accounting and economic growth in developing countries. The prince has also written articles and spoken on a wide range of issues including the role of the constitutional monarchy in Malaysia, education, Islam, ethnic relations and economic development. He has assumed the role of Financial Ambassador of the Malaysian International Finance Centre (MIFC), has been Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Malaya since 1989 and is the chairman of the Board of Governors of the Malay College Kuala Kangsar. He recently consented to becoming an Eminent Fellow of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (Isis) Malaysia effective May 1.

Royal Life

He was proclaimed the Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Perak on April 15, 1984, taking over from his father, Sultan Azlan Shah, who just two weeks earlier became the Sultan of Perak. Raja Nazrin's full name including official titles is as below: Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Raja Muda Perak Darul Ridzuan Raja Nazrin Shah Ibni Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin D.K., D.K.II (Selangor), D.K.S.A, S.P.C.M, S.P.T.S, S.P.M.P. (Perlis), Ph.D (Harvard).[1] He was appointed Regent of Perak when his father became the ninth Yang di-Pertuan Agong from 1989 to 1994.


The Raja Muda of Perak married Zara Salim Davidson at Istana Iskandariah, Bukit Chandan, on May 17, 2007. This was announced by the Comptroller of the Perak royal household, Raja Datuk Seri Mansur Raja Razman. Raja Nazrin and Zara have known each other for eight years. A day after the solemnisation of their vows, there was a special proclamation ceremony to bestow Zara with the official title of Raja Puan Besar of Perak. Sultan Azlan Shah had consented to the proclamation of Raja Nazrin’s bride Zara Salim Davidson as the Raja Puan Besar of Perak and the conferment of the Darjah Kerabat on her. The royal wedding reception took place on May 19, 2007. The first child of the couple, a son, was born on March 14th 2008.

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