Although more than 40 countries retain a monarch of some sort, Malaysia’s system is perhaps the world’s most intriguing. The country has nine sultans, who as well as reigning ceremonially in their own states take it in turns to serve five-year terms as Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the head of state of the entire nation.
The Sultans are still highly revered in each of their states, and studying their lifestyle and history is an important part of getting to know the Malaysian culture and people a little better.
To wit, visiting the Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery in the town of Klang in Selangor state is a very good way to discover the history of the Sultan of Selangor’s ancestors.
Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery was in fact the brainchild of the Eleventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah. Initially it was called “Muzium Kenangan” (Memorial Museum) and was built in 1988 at Jalan Kota, Kampung Jawa in Klang. After H.R.H. Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah ascended the throne in 2001, he instructed that the Sultan Suleiman Building which was built in 1909, be turned into the new Royal Gallery. On the 17th October 2007, H.R.H. The Sultan graciously officiated The Royal Gallery and was opened to the public two weeks later.
The building was formerly used as a British Administration office during the Colonial era. It was later turned into a war headquarters by the Japanese during the World War II. Several local authorities had used this building until it was converted into the Royal Gallery in 2005.
The gallery’s general manager Munasor Aliyasak is a veritable walking encyclopaedia of “all things Royal”, having worked closely with the Royal family for many years. The richness of his storytelling adds a great deal of interest to the visit.
With the decree of H.R.H. Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj, Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery was placed at the Sultan Sulaiman Building in 2007. This Classic Colonial Building was built by the British architect A.B. Hubback in 1909.
The Gallery is primarily dedicated in honour of the Sultan’s late father, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, who ruled over thirty-nine years as The Sultan of Selangor and two years as The Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia. It highlights the rich history and heritage of the Selangor Sultanate originating in 1766 from the Bugis Sulawesi Royal family of Opu Tanreburung Daeng Relaka of the Malay Archipelago.
Visitors also get an insight into the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah’s childhood and early years as a Crown Prince, his career in military and public offices until his appointment as the Eighth Sultan of Selangor in 1960 and as the Eleventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 2001.
The Royal Collections consists of a range of magnificent personal collections of artefacts and gifts covering the period of his reign. Included in the exhibition are replicas of Selangor’s crown jewels.
NEW: The original top-piece of the Blue Mosque (The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque) in Shah Alam – recently replaced as the building received it’s ne w dome, is being placed on show at the gallery this year. Other temporary exhibits will also be revolving over time.
Galeri Diraja Sultan Abdul Aziz
Bangunan Sultan Suleiman,
41000 Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Monday & Public holidays: Closed
For further information
Tel: 03-3373 6500
Fax: 03-3373 6510