Keeper of the Rulers' Seal

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Keeper of the Rulers' Seal
Keeper of the Rulers Seal logo.png
Logo of the Office of the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal
Tan Sri Dato' Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, Keeper of Ruler's Seal.png
Incumbent
Tan Sri Dato' Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad

since January 2011
Appointer Conference of Rulers
Inaugural holder Raja Ayob Raja Bot
Formation 1948
Website www.majlisraja-raja.gov.my

The Keeper of the Rulers' Seal (Malay: Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-raja) is the government official in Malaysia charged with custody and use of the Rulers' Seal of Malaysia on behalf of the Conference of Rulers. The Rulers' Seal is the symbol of the traditional authority of the royal institutions in Malaysia, namely the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Paramount Ruler) and the hereditary rulers of the states of Malaysia,[1] the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal is the secretary to the Conference of Rulers and convenes the Conference three times a year, or at the request of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. He is appointed by the Conference as specified in the Constitution of Malaysia.[2]

His most publicly visible role is to announce the beginning of fasting during the month of Ramadan, and the dates of the Muslim religious holidays, Aidilfitri and Aidiladha, in Malaysia.[3]

History[edit]

The office of the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal was established in preparation for the first meeting of the Conference of Rulers on February 18, 1948.[4] Prior to independence, the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal was a senior government position, equal in stature to the most senior Menteri Besar among the states in the Federation of Malaya, this changed after independence in 1957, when all the rulers became constitutional monarchs under the federal and state constitutions.[5]

Role[edit]

Instrument of appointment of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, issued by the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal, and printed with the Rulers' Seal.

The Keeper of the Rulers' Seal's primary administrative responsibility is to convene the Conference of Rulers by serving notices to the nine hereditary rulers and four non-hereditary Yang di-Pertua Negeri (governors), his office is responsible for arranging the transportation of the rulers and governors from their respective states to the meeting venue.[6] During special meetings of the Conference to elect a new Yang di-Pertuan Agong, he is responsible for distributing and then counting the ballot papers, which are kept secret.[7]

The second highest position in the Office of the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal is the Assistant Secretary of the Conference of Rulers, who assists in managing the Conference's meetings and elections.[7][8]

Department's Statement[edit]

Vision[edit]

To be an effective liaison organization between the state palace administration and the central government through a harmonious, cultured and prudent relationship [9]

Mission[edit]

To create a harmonious environment and ensure a smooth administrative relationship in the preservation of the sovereignty of monarchical and non-monarchical states.

To preserve the sovereignty of the monarchy institution as a source of power and authority between the Federal and State Governments. [10]

Objective[edit]

To establish a friendly and cultured liaison body between the State Palace Administration and the Federal Government, especially on matters prescribed under the Federal Constitution and of Islamic affairs. [11]

Client Charter[edit]

Client Charter[edit]

We are committed to providing an efficient and accurate service in carrying out our responsibilities.

Implementation[edit]

Ensuring the smooth implementation of Article 38 and the Third, Fourth and Fifth Schedules of the Federal Constitution as well as the Conference of Rulers Regulations of 1988.

Action[edit]

As an effective liaison agency on administrative matters between the State Palace Administration and the Federal Government, organisations and certain individuals. [12]

List of Keepers of the Rulers' Seal[edit]

Listed below are Keepers of the Rulers' Seal from 1948 to present:[13]

# Keeper of the Rulers' Seal From To
1 Raja Ayob bin Raja Bot February 1948 May 1948
2 Toh Muda Abdullah bin Nordin June 1948 December 1949
3 Raja Shahar Shah bin Raja Haron April 1949 December 1949
4 Tengku Husin Tengku Yahaya January 1950 May 1950
5 Tunku Ya'acob ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah May 1950 January 1952
6 Dato’ Mustafa Al-Bakri bin Hasan February 1952 January 1954
7 Tunku Ya'acob ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah February 1954 December 1955
8 Dato’ Mustafa Al-Bakri bin Hasan January 1956 August 1957
9 Dato' Abdul Rahim bin Abdul Rauf  September 1957 May 1963
Acting Tan Sri Tunku Shahriman bin Tunku Sulaiman June 1963 August 1963
Acting Tan Sri Aziz bin Zakaria October 1963 September 1963
10 Tan Sri Ahmad bin Husin October 1963 September 1980
11 Datuk Ahmad Zainal Abidin Muhammad Yusof October 1980 September 1988
Acting Abdul Rahim Kassim, Assistant Secretary of the Conference of Rulers October 1988 December 1988
12 Tan Sri Engku Ibrahim Engku Ngah January 1989 January 2011
13 Tan Sri Dato' Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad [14] January 2011 present

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fungsi Mohor Besar Raja-raja (in Malay). Office of the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal. Accessed June 8, 2010
  2. ^ Role Of The Conference Of Rulers In Constitutional Monarchy System In Malaysia Malaysian Monarchy. Accessed June 8, 2010
  3. ^ Soalam lazim (in Malay). Office of the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal. Accessed June 8, 2010
  4. ^ Penubuhan (in Malay). Office of the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal. Accessed June 8, 2010
  5. ^ Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-raja (in Malay). Office of the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal. Accessed June 8, 2010
  6. ^ Fungsi Pejabat Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-raja Malaysia (in Malay). Office of the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal. Accessed June 8, 2010
  7. ^ a b Election Of The Yang di-Pertuan Agong And Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong Malaysian Monarchy. Accessed June 8, 2010
  8. ^ Carta Organisasi (in Malay). Office of the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal. Accessed June 8, 2010
  9. ^ "Vision of Majlis Raja-Raja". 
  10. ^ "Mission of Majlis Raja-Raja". 
  11. ^ "Objective of Majlis Raja-Raja". 
  12. ^ "Client Charter of Majlis Raja-Raja". 
  13. ^ Mantan Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-raja (in Malay). Office of the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal. Accessed June 8, 2010
  14. ^ "Syed Danial is new Keeper of Rulers' Seal". The Star (Malaysia). 2011-01-07. Archived from the original on 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 

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