Since then, there have been 28 Sultans who ruled consecutively from eight different capitals or administrative centres throughout Kedah. These administrative centres were in
• Kota Bukit Meriam (1136-1236)
• Kota Sungai Emas (1236-1323)
• Kota Siputih (1323-1626)
• Kota Naga (1626-1654)
• Kota Sena (1654-1664)
• Kota Indera Kayangan (1664-1687)
• Kota Bukit Pinang (1687-1735) and finally
• Kota Setar from 1735 till the present day.
His Royal Highness Sultan Haji Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah was born on 28th November 1927 at Istana Anak Bukit (Anak Bukit Palace). His Royal Highness received education at Alor Merah Malay Primary School and Titi Gajah Malay School before continuing his education at Sultan Abdul Hamid College (1946-1949). In 1949, his Royal Highness then set forth overseas to further his studies at Wadham College, Oxford University, in the field of Social Studies and Public Administration.
2008 will thus enter the history of the state of Kedah as the year of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations for the 50th year of the reign of His Royal Highness Al Sultan Almu'tasimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah of Kedah Darul Aman. These celebrations will take place throughout the state and coincide with the all-year round Visit Kedah Year 2008.
30 sen Stamp
Gunung Jerai and the paddy field in the background illustrates the state of Kedah as an agricultural state where paddy is the main source of income, resulting in Kedah being known as the National Rice Bowl. The portrait of HRH Tuanku Sultan Kedah was taken approximately in the year 1959 when he was installed officially as the 28th Ruler of the state of Kedah. Masjid Zhir and the scene of Alor Setar Town in the early 50s shows the state of Kedah beginning to develop after the British rule.
50 sen Stamp
This stamp depicts the old Office of the State Secretary of the Kedah Government and landmark of the Jalan Telok Wanjah Water Fountain that was built in conjunction with the Silver Jubilee Celebrations marking the 25th Anniversary of HRH's rule in the state of Kedah.
The background of the stamp shows the current town of Alor Setar, including the Alor Setar Tower and Masjid Al-Bukhary which illustrates the responsibility and commitment of HRH Tuanku Sultan Kedah to continuously develop the state in line with the current national state development for the past 50 years of HRH reign of the state of Kedah.
Date of Issue : 15-Jul-2008
Stamp Size : 40mm x 30mm
Sheet Content : 20 Stamps
Perforation : 14
Designer : Hazel Design Sdn. Bhd.
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography
Printer : Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional Sdn Bhd
Stamp Designer : Hazel Design
First Day Cover Value : 30 Sen
Folder Value :RM 5.50
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