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'Sultan' sets up palace in Malacca

From The Star Online of Thursday December 22, 2005

PETALING JAYA: Self-proclaimed "Sultan" of Malacca, Raja Noor Jan Shah Raja Tuah, has set up his own "palace" in Malacca, with a team of officials, to meet people he calls his "loyal subjects".
His secretary Azri Sapian said the "palace" at Bukit Punggor was a gift from the people.
"There could not have been a better choice than a 70-year-old traditional Malacca house," he said yesterday.
Property businessman Raja Noor Jan Shah, 48, claims to be a direct descendant of Sultan Mahmud Shah and the 44th Sultan of Malacca.
He held an "investiture ceremony" with 500 guests in Kuala Lumpur last month.
His claim to the throne, however, has been dismissed by Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.


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MP wants action against claimants to Malacca throne

BY SYED AZHAR (From The Star Online of Thursday December 8, 2005)

PROSECUTE those who proclaimed themselves to be descendants of the Malacca Sultanate, said Datuk Mohd Said Yusof (BN - Jasin).
"This is not the only case," he said, referring to a businessman in Gombak who wanted to be the Sultan.
Mohd Said said a similar case happened 10 years ago.
"He rode a motorcycle carrying the title Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Melaka," he said during the debate on the National Heritage Bill.
"We should have a law to act against those who create confusion. We (the state) have become a laughing stock," he said.
K. Devamany (BN - Cameron Highlands) interrupted him, saying that these people could be insane.
Mohd Said said if the matter was not taken seriously, there would be people creating untruths about Malacca history.
He said there were also different versions about the demise of Hang Tuah, with some claiming his grave was in Tanjung Keling, and others that it was in Palembang, Indonesia.
In winding up, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said action could be taken against those masquerading as a sultan, police chief or prominent personality.


Man claims Malacca 'throne'

BY SYED AZHAR (From The Star Online of Wednesday November 16, 2005)

REGAL GATHERING: Raja Noor Jan and his entourage, including two of his four wives, being led to his so-called investiture ceremony at Taman Melati in Gombak on Monday night.
KUALA LUMPUR: A 48-year-old man who proclaimed himself the Sultan of Malacca at a so-called investiture ceremony here on Monday night is willing to take the matter to court to stake his claim to the state's "throne".
Raja Noor Jan Shah Raja Tuah has evidence, and the regal artefacts, to prove the claim, said Azri Safian, who identified himself as the alleged ruler's organising secretary.
"He is serious about being installed as the 44th sultan of Malacca," Azri told reporters at Raja Noor Jan's purported ceremonial hall in Gombak here yesterday.
More than 500 guests attended the "investiture" ceremony at a community hall in Taman Melati, where 150 people were also bestowed honorific titles.
Two of the four wives of the property businessman, who has given himself the title Sultan Ahmad Shah, accompanied him at the Istiadat Watikah Gelar Adan Kesultanan Melaka ceremony, which came ahead of the Rulers Conference in Malacca on Nov 21.
Azri said Raja Noor Jan had claimed he was a descendant of the last known Sultan of Malacca, Sultan Mahmud Shah (1488-1511).
He said Raja Noor Jan would hand over his documents for the rulers to discuss at their meeting. Another ceremonial gathering would be held on Nov 19 in Malacca, he added.
"We have the regalia, like two keris, a silver buckle, a royal crown and brooches from ancient Malacca and authenticated by the Museum and Antiquities Department," he said.
Letters and profiles relating to the claim had been sent to the Rulers Council, the Yang di Pertuan Agong and the Sultan of Perak as well as the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of Malacca.
"These items are proof to be presented to the Rulers Council," he said. "So far, we have not received any response."
The Museum and Antiquities Department had authenticated the sultan's genealogy, Azri said, adding that this further proved his claim.
Azri said the "sultan" had not pursued his claims until the regal instruments unexpectedly turned up two months ago.
"The sultan received some signs from his ancestors on the whereabouts of the regalia and, with the help of a pawang (traditional soothsayer) the artefacts were dug up from a place in Malacca," he said.


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