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8 January 2009
Former King of Malaysia and Nottingham alumnus dies

Tuanku Jaafar Tunanku Abdul RahmanTHE former King of Malaysia, who graduated in Law from the University in 1951, has died, aged 86.

Tuanku Jaafar Tuanku Abdul Rahman was the ruler of Malaysia between 1994 and 1999 when he was the country’s 10th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

He died after being rushed to the hospital named after him in Seremban complaining of a headache and discomfort.

The state is currently observing 40 days of morning and government buildings and offices are flying the national flag at half-mast, according to reports in the Malaysia Star newspaper.

The report goes on to say:

Tuanku Jaafar Tuanku Abdul Rahman, who served in various government positions before being appointed Negri Sembilan Yang di-Pertuan Besar, was an avid sportsman and instrumental in promoting sports in the state.

Born on on July 19, 1922 in Klang, Tuanku Ja’afar had his primary education at Seri Menanti Malay School from 1928 to 1933. He continued his secondary education at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (1933-1938) and went to study at Raffles College in Singapore.

His education was disrupted by the Japa¬nese invasion in 1941 but he managed to continue his studies at the college from 1946 to 1947. During the Japanese Occupation, Tuanku Jaafar served as an officer at the Seremban land office and was made assistant district officer in Rembau after the war.

He pursued his law degree at Nottingham and then studied economics at Oxford University. On his return to Malaysia he served in several government positions such as Perak assistant secretary and Tampin district officer.

He also served in various posts in foreign missions in Washington, the United Nations and London.

Between 1963 and 1967, he was made the head of Malaysian embassies and high commissions in the United Arab Emirates, Ghana and Nigeria. In 1967, he was appointed ambassador to Tokyo but before he could leave, his brother, the then Yang di-Pertuan Besar Tuanku Munawir died. Tuanku Jaafar was then appointed the 10th Yam Tuan of Negri Sembilan on April 18, 1967.

While studying at Malay College, Tuanku Jaafar was a champion in tennis, badminton and squash. He excelled in all three sports while studying in England.
Until recently, he was also a keen golfer.

He was awarded an honorary doctorates of law by the University of Nottingham in 1995. He was made Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Chancellor on April 16, 1976.

Tuanku Jaafar married Tuanku Najihah Tunku Besar Burhanuddin on Aug 8, 1943, and they had three boys and three girls – Tunku Naquiyuddin, Tunku Imran, Tunku Nadzaruddin, Tunku Naquiah, Tunku Jawahir and Tunku Irinah.

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