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Abu Bakar of Pahang

Abu Bakar of Pahang

Sultan of Pahang
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Intro Sultan of Pahang
Gender male
Birth May 29, 1904
Death May 7, 1974
Children: Ahmad Shah of Pahang
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Sultan Abu Bakar Riayatuddin Al-Muadzam Shah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Abdullah Al-Mutasim Billah Shah GCMG, (29 May 1904 – 7 May 1974), was the fourth Sultan of Pahang modern.

Personal information

Born at Istana Hinggap, Pekan, he was the second son of Sultan Abdullah Al-Mutassim Billah Shah by his wife, Che Kalsom binti Tun Abdullah.

Succeeding his father in 1932, he quickly became known as a friendly and approachable ruler by his subjects. During the Japanese occupation of Malaya, he discreetly encouraged resistance movements such as the Askar Wataniah, Force 136 and the MPAJA.

However, due to his penchant for marrying commoners, including several popular actresses and singers, he was less popular with other Malay rulers and they declined five times to choose him as Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.


He died on 7 May 1974 and was succeeded by his son Sultan Ahmad Shah.


Honours of Pahang

  • Founding Grand Master of the Family Order of the Crown of Indra of Pahang (25 May 1967)
  • Founding Grand Master of the Order of the Crown of Pahang (27 December 1968)

Honour of Malaya

  •  Malaya : Recipient of the Order of the Crown of the Realm (DMN, 31 August 1958)

Foreign honours

  •  United Kingdom : Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (1 June 1953)

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