New Straits Times - - SUNDAY VIBES / HERITAGE -

Che Siti Wan Kem­bang as­cended to the Ke­lan­tan throne in 1610 upon the demise of Raja Hus­sein and ruled from her Gu­nung Chinta Wangsa base in Ulu Ke­lan­tan, which is ap­prox­i­mately 40 km from Kuala Krai.

Ke­lan­tan pros­pered un­der her rule and was fre­quented by many traders in­clud­ing Arabs. The Mid­dle Eastern mer­chants held the queen in high re­gard and of­ten ad­dressed her as Paduka Che Siti. It was also dur­ing this time that the peo­ple of Gu­nung Ayam in Gua Mu­sang pre­sented Che Siti Wan Kem­bang with a pair of mag­nif­i­cent ki­jang.

CheSi­tiWanKem­bangn­ev­er­mar­riedand adopted the princess of the ruler of Jem­bal, Pu­teri Sadong, as her daugh­ter. The peo­ple of Ke­lan­tan who watched Pu­teri Sadong grow into a beau­ti­ful maiden, af­fec­tion­ately called her Pu­teri Wi­jaya Mala. Even­tu­ally, the princess’ beauty reached the ears of the King of Siam who im­me­di­ately sent emis­saries to ask for her hand in mar­riage. The Si­amese ruler’s ad­vances were gra­ciously re­jected and Pu­teri Sadong even­tu­ally mar­ried her cousin Raja Ab­dul­lah. only in Ke­lan­tan but through­out the whole of Malaya. The ini­tial Bri­tish Mil­i­tary Ad­min­is­tra­tion that held sway in the coun­try was re­placed by the short-lived Malayan Union on April 1, 1946.

Bow­ing to cit­i­zen­ship pres­sures from the Malays, the Bri­tish agreed to the for­ma­tion of the Fed­er­a­tion of Malaya on Feb 1, 1948.

That historic date also marked the procla­ma­tion of Sul­tan Yahya Petra as the Crown Prince of Ke­lan­tan. He ex­e­cuted his du­ties dili­gently as heir to the throne, putting his peo­ple and state above ev­ery­thing else.

Sul­tan Yahya Petra toured nearly every cor­ner of the state in his ar­moured jeep and es­corted by mem­bers of the se­cu­rity force through­out the 12-year Malayan Emer­gency which be­gan on June 16, 1948. His reg­u­lar vis­its to schools, new vil­lages and vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions lent sup­port to the peo­ple dur­ing those chal­leng­ing days. Dur­ing one of those trips, the crown prince tra­versed the re­main­ing dis­tance to Batu Melin­tang in Ulu Ke­lan­tan on foot when part of the track be­came com­pletely im­pass­able to mo­torised ve­hi­cles.

Sul­tan Yahya Petra ruled Ke­lan­tan from 1960 to 1979.

Stamp com­mem­o­rat­ing Sul­tan Yahya Petra as the 6th Yang di-Per­tuan Agong.

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