Malay Elites at the seat of the Empire, circa 1948

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A colourised B&W photo of four great friends, Jack, Eddy, Joe & Jeff in front of the Buckingham Palace, London, UK circa 1948. The WW2 was over and they would return home after their studies at the capital of the Empire and they are better known as Allahyarham Tun Abdul Razak Hussain (Jack), Almarhum Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah ibni Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mu’azzam Shah (Eddy), Almarhum Tengku Dato’ Setia Muhammad Yusof Shah Al-Haj ibni Almarhum Sultan Sir Ala’eddin Sulaiman Shah Al-Haj (Joe) and Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Jeff).

Allahyarham Tun Abdul Razak (1922-1976) was the 2nd Prime Minister of Independent Malaysia from September 1970 to January 1976 and was known as the Father of Development of Malaysia. Almarhum Paduka Ayahanda Sultan Ahmad Shah (1930- 2019) was the fifth modern Sultan of Pahang, (7 May 1974 – 11 January 2019) and also served as the seventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia from 26 April 1979 to 25 April 1984. Almarhum Tengku Dato’ Setia Muhammad Yusof (1928-2018) was the Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Aris Temenggong Selangor Darul Ehsan (1937- 2018) and was the grand-uncle of the current Sultan of Selangor, Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj. Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman (1922 – 2008) was the tenth Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia from 26 April 1994 until 25 April 1999 and the tenth Yang Di Pertuan Besar (Grand Ruler) of Negeri Sembilan (18 April 1967 – 27 December 2008).

The four great friends were all the Old Boys of the Malay College Kuala Kangsar. Thus, goes to show that Malay College Old Boys flock together even at the seat of the British Empire. Till now, MCOBs always seem to come together wherever they are. Al- Fatihah to these great MCOBs.

Being a Malay elite is not a mere possession or something “within” an actor (skills, talents, and human capital); it is an embodied performative act enabled by both possessions and the inscriptions that accompany experiences within elite institutions such as MCKK and MCOBA.

Credit:
The family of YAM Tengku Aris Temenggong Selangor (Tengku Muhammad Yusuf ibni Sultan Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah)
Nazir Razak
Syed Idris bin Omar Alsagoff
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