KUALA LUMPUR – A book on the Sultan of Perak titled, ‘His Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Shah Reflections and Recollections’, was launched here today by Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
The book contained articles written by 28 academicians, journalists, social activists and others from within and outside the country who personally knew Sultan Nazrin Shah.
The Perak sultan was also present at the launch of the book published in conjunction with his enthronement as the state’s 35th Sultan, with his consort, Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim, and mother, Tuanku Bainun.
Sultan Sharafuddin said the book had revived traditional ties between the ‘istana’ and Malay sultanate, and writing and literature.
He also said the book was an opportunity taken by the writers to express their love and loyalty to Sultan Nazrin Shah, whose intellect and love for books and literature were reflected in the articles.
The Selangor sultan also noted that Sultan Nazrin Shah made copies of early literature on Perak, that were preserved in archives and libraries outside the country for the state archives to keep and refer.
He saw that the Perak sultan was also making an endeavour to republish material penned by sultans and writers of the past.
“His efforts will surely benefit the present as well as future generations, which appear to be almost oblivious of the nation’s history,” said Sultan Sharafuddin.
The sultan further noted that writing and literature had always been part of the Perak royalty’s identity.
He cited among them, the 18th century ‘Hikayat Misa Melayu’ by Raja Chulan, which had been hailed as a masterpiece, and ‘Risalah Iskandar Shah: Beberapa Pengajaran, Ingatan dan Nasihat secara Bicara Tauhid, Fikah dan Tasauf’ by Sultan Iskandar Shah.
The book on Sultan Nazrin Shah, published by RNS Publications has 265 pages and contains 30 essays. – BERNAMA