The State of
Sultan Zia's daughter
married a Syed of Arabic descent, named Abu Bakar Harun Jamal' ul-Lail. The latter had been Penghulu, or subordinate
chief, of Arau since 1797. His son and successor, Syed Husain received promotion to
Raja of Perlis Indera Kayangan in 1843, after helping the Thais to suppress a
revolt by the Raja of Ligor, one of the micro states
into which Patani had been divided. Syed Husain's successors ruled
peacefully for the rest of the century, sending the occasional tributes of gold
or silver flowers to the Siamese overlord in
By the terms of the 1909 Anglo-Siamese Treaty, Perlis, along with three other Malay states under nominal Siamese control, also became a British Protectorate. Formal sovereignty being transferred in 1911, when Perlis became one of the unfederated Malay states.
Located near the southern Thai border, Perlis was one of the first areas to be attacked by
Japanese and Thai forces in 1941. Japanese occupation resulted in the Heir
Apparent being set aside when the reigning Raja died in early 1943. This was followed
by a return to Thai sovereignty on
Tuanku Syed Putra, the Heir set aside by the Japanese in 1943, ascended the throne in 1945. He was to prove himself to be, not only the longest reigning Raja of Perlis, but also one of the most enlightened and progressive traditional rulers of Malaysia. His reign lasted for 55 years, during which time the state advanced and progressed beyond recognition. He also served as a very popular and highly respected King of Malaysia between a crucial period between 1960 and 1965. His death in 2000 was keenly felt far outside the borders of his small state.
Government: state of
the Federation of Malaya (1948),
Area: 810 km˛
Population: 204.450 (2000)
Perlis in Wikipedia.
Flag of Perlis in Flags of the World.
printer: Waterlow & Sons,
perforated: 13˝:14 (1 and 4), 11:11˝ (2 and 3)
1 10 cents Hermes, globe, letter, airplane, boat,
train, text "UNIVERSAL / POSTAL
(cat. Michel 3/SG 3/Yvert 3)
2 15 c hemispheres, airplane, steamer, text "1874 / UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION / 1949"
(cat. Michel 4/SG 4/Yvert 4)
3 25 c Hermes scattering letters over globe, text "UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION / 1874 / 1949"
(cat. Michel 5/SG 5/Yvert 5)
4 50 c UPU monument,
(cat. Michel 6/SG 6/Yvert 6)