Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Our King Exhibition

Our Kingg exhibition is held as a way to introduce and foster closer relationships between His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Almu'tasimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah and Her Majesty the Raja Pemaisuri Agong Tuanku Haminah with their subjects.

The exhibition lasted for only 2 months, 15 April - 15 June 2012 from 9am - 5pm at the old Istana Negara at Jalan Istana. Although the entrance is free, there is still a RM 3 charge for those who wants to take photo using still camera.

The public will have an opportunity to get a closer look at the old palace and I must admit, it is truly a spectacular sight.

The interior of the palace is even more captivating with its beautiful chandelier and decoration.

The system of Parliamentary Democracy and the concept of a Constitutional Monarchy are also on show. It is hoped that this exhibition will benefit and enlighten all on the importance of preserving this concept for future generations as a symbol of the nation sovereignty, an umbrella that protects and shelters everyone of us in this country.

On the surface of the Ruler's Seal is the coat of arm of 9 Malay States and inscribed with the words "Ruler's Seal of the Malay States" in Jawi. The 4th meeting of the Conference of Rulers on 31 August 1948 agreed on the design to be used on the Ruler's Seal which continues to be used to this day. The Ruler's seal was made in England in 1949.

The original copy of The Federation of Malaya Agreement 1957

At the centre of the exhibition hall, is the Bunga Emas of Kedah which we read very often during our history lesson. Kedah used to send bunga emas and bunga perak (gold and silver flower) to the King of Siam once every 3 years. The act of sending bunga emas created 2 different interpretations. The British and the Siamese interpreted it as tributes and acknowledgement to recognizes Siamese overlordship. Meanwhile the Malay Rulers interpreted it as an act of alliance and friendship.

The Keris Panjang Diraja is the Keris of the Government and symbolizes authority and power. This keris from its hilt to its sheath is covered in gold while the crosspiece is engraved with the crest of the Federal Government and that of the 11 states of Peninsula Malaysia. Its blade is tempered from the steel of 11 keris from the 11 states. The hilt of the keris is shaped like a horse's hoof with decorations resembling the "jering" fruit.

The Sword, Long Keris and Royal Sundang are the three traditional Malay weapons forged from the blade of the long sword and Sundang from ancient times that have become a part of the Royal regalia. The Long Keris and Sundang meanwhile are covered in silver and engraved on the hilts and sheaths.

The Cokmar or Maces comprise two short shafts with dome shaped heads and were used as a weapon of war in the older days. These maces are made of silver and measures 81.32cm

The Cogan Alam (The Sceptre of the World) is made of silver and measuring at 162.66cm is an orb found mounted on a long shaft. The orb has a crescent and a gold star sitting on it. Around the orb are the crests of the 11 states of Malaya embossed in gold. The orb is supported by 4 standing tigers while the handle of the sceptre is decorated with 6 padi stalks carved in gold.

Among the royal garments is the Tengkolok Diraja or Royal Headress. For centuries, Malay rulers have won this silk embroidered fabric folded in various styles as part of their regalia. The style of folding and its colour vary from one state to another.

The Kain Ulu is known as "Tengkolok" and the Tengkolok Diraja worn by His Majesty the yang di-Pertuan Agong during his installation is made of black fabric woven with gold thread. The style of the fold is known as "Dendam Tak Sudah" (unfulfilled longing), which originated from negeri Sembilan. Affixed at the front of the headress is a 14 pointed star made of platinum and at the centre of it is colourful crest of the Malaysian government.

Muskat is the official attire of His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and of the ceremonial officials of Istana Negara. This royal dress originated from Muscat, Oman. The Muskat is the official attire of Kedah's government officials. This formal dress began to be used in 1960 during the installation of the third His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Inspired by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj when he become the first Prime Minister of Malaysia

The Muskat is made from black wool embroidered with gold threads, in the pattern of awam larat and the hibiscus, Malaysia's national flower. The dress is thigh length and has long sleeves. It is normally worn over a pair of embroidered trousers and a tengkorak during ceremonies in conjunction with the installation day of His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, His Majesty's birthday, His Majesty's official visits to the states throughout Malaysia and the convening of Parliamentary session.

The throne serves as the symbol of the sovereignty of the nation where the Rulers who reigns sits at the apex of society. The throne is made in its own norms and standards to reflect a structure of fine Malay artistry, in accordance with His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong duties as head of state. The throne is decorated with a combination of carved motifs, mainly awan larat (the unending, recurrent spiral design) and other motif from Sabah and Sarawak as a testimony of national identity. The carvings are plated with gold to enhance its aesthetic and sacral values.

To complete the throne  is the chair that was used by His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah in conjunction of his installation.

Some of the awards presented to His Majestry Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah are on display here.

Interesting enough, some of the commemorative issues and personal documents of His Majesty and Her Majesty are shown for public viewing.


wenn said...

thx for the info..will go one of these days.

Xjion89 said...

halo, so long no visit!
wow, definitely feel like visiting ooo~ but, hv to pay rm3 for camera><

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