KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 — Raja Noor Jan Shah Raja Tuan Shah, who claims to be the Sultan of Malacca, is seeking the recognition of the Conference of Malay Rulers ahead of the 500th anniversary of the Portuguese invasion. Raja Noor Jan proclaimed himself as the 44th Sultan of Malacca at a ceremony in 2005.
“If I’m not a real king I would not have made this claim,” said Raja Noor Jan, who said he is a descendant of Sultan Abdullah Muhammad Shah who ruled Perak from 1851 to 1857.
“We are always proud of our history, of Malacca’s golden era. But the descendants of the Rulers are ignored,” he added.
The Perak Sultanate was founded in the 16th century after the fall of Malacca by the son of Sultan Mahmud Shah, the last Ruler of the state.
Since the Portuguese invasion in 1511 Malacca, which was then a major port city, has not been ruled by a monarch, but the state is headed by a governor who largely performs ceremonial duties.
Former Pahang Mentri Besar Tun Khalil Yaakob is currently the Malacca governor.
“I have been the Sultan for the past five years. But I’m not paid any salary, maybe they are silent because they don’t want to pay me,” said Raja Noor Jan on the authorities’ silence on his status.
“So I don’t make much appearance. When I have money I’ll organise some functions. I have been using my own money,” he said at a press conference at his office here which he refers to as Balai Seri Melaka.
Raja Noor Jan claims to be a businessman but refused to disclose the nature of his work.
He courted controversy again yesterday when the police seized a Rolls Royce bearing the “Sultan of Melaka” emblem at a trade event in Serdang.
The police said the car was rented from a used car dealer and the name “Sultan of Melaka” was used to convince foreign investors.
“The car was used to drive me to the event. They wanted to give a grand welcome to the Malacca Sultan, what is wrong with that?” he said when asked about the car.
“I was invited to eat and officiate the building, so I decided to attend,” said Raja Noor Jan.