Book on royal traditions of Perak goes for RM399 a copy

Sultan Nazrin Shah at the launching of a book on traditions of Perak royalty today. (Bernama pic)

IPOH: A book on the ceremonial traditions of Perak royalty was launched today by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah.

The 960-page book was written by Dr Adib Vincent Tung Abdullah, chairman of the Perak Academy, a privately-funded organisation with the objective of promoting Perak through discussions and research.

The work recounts the genealogy of the Perak Sultanate, various ceremonies including the ceremonial installation of the Sultan of Perak and the passing of Sultan Idris Shah and Sultan Azlan Shah.

Adib Vincent said the book had taken almost 20 years to complete because various parties had to be interviewed such as Orang Besar Jajahan and the palace, before the manuscript was presented to Sultan Nazrin for approval.

“The challenging part while writing this book was that I needed to translate the terms used by the Perak Sultanate from Bahasa Melayu into English. These included titles or customs that require detailed and in-depth research by interviewing well-known individuals on the Perak Sultanate and making reference to museums,” said the Ipoh-born Adib Vincent.

The book is priced at RM399 a copy.