Yayasan Sultan Azlan Shah (“YSAS”) was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee on 6 February 2006 for the purpose of promoting charitable objects beneficial to the community pursuant to the license granted by the Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (now known as the Minister of Domestic Trade Cooperative and Consumerism Malaysia) under Section 24(1) of the Companies Act, 1965.
(I) Pursuant to the Memorandum of Association, the principal objects for which YSAS is established are as follows:-To receive and administer funds for the purpose of providing and/or advancing and/or promoting education, history, art, science, sports, religion, culture and/or any other charitable purpose or object useful to the public irrespective of race, creed and religion and to this end -
- to foster, develop, promote and improve education of all kinds and consistent with the National Educational Policy and the Education Act 1961 and in such manner as may from time to time be decided upon by the Foundation including but without prejudice to the generality of this provision, the founding and maintaining of scholarships, chairs at schools, colleges and universities or the provision or maintenance of any library or research facilities or the publication on any books articles or periodical in any form whatsoever PROVIDED that YSAS shall not establish, maintain and manage any educational institution not approved by the Director General of Inland Revenue, Malaysia;
- to promote, preserve, conserve and protect any buildings or items or objects or artifacts of historical, cultural, social or artistic interest or value which may from time to time be acquired by or donated to YSAS.
Tax Exempt Status
YSAS was granted tax exempt status under Sub-section 44(6) of the Income Tax Act 1967 by the Inland Revenue Board, Malaysia (“IRB”) with effect from 1 December 2006 [ref: LHDN.01/35/42/51/179-6.6072 Government Gazette No. 1379 dated 1 February 2007 (“Approval Letter”)]. All donations to YSAS are eligible for deduction in computing the income of the donors and all income (except dividend income) derived by YSAS is exempted from tax.
Pursuant to application made on 18 January 2011 to include the Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lectures Series, the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Men’s International Hockey Tournament and the Sultan Azlan Shah Fellowship in the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford, United Kingdom as approved activities of YSAS.
The idea for the formation of YSAS stems from the very essence of the personality and sovereignty of its founder and patron, Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan Perak, Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah, exemplifying all aspects of D.Y.M.M. Sultan Azlan Shah’s life, the myriad journeys and the many other milestones of D.Y.M.M. Sultan Azlan Shah’s illustrious life. From the person, it moves on to encompass D.Y.M.M. Sultan Azlan Shah’s values, beliefs and ambitions, deep passion and love for law and sports (namely hockey) and other interests close at heart.
YSAS represents D.Y.M.M. Sultan Azlan Shah’s legacy and the symbol of the Perak Sultanate which provides a vital link and bridges the gap between the monarchy and the rakyat. YSAS served to preserve and codify the principles, practices and ideals of D.Y.M.M. Sultan Azlan Shah’s reign, and at the same time reflecting the desire of the Sultanate to nurture, empower and improve the lives of the rakyat through education, sportsmanship and the upholding of strong moral values.
D.Y.M.M. Sultan Azlan Shah’s invaluable contributions reflected through the activities promoted by YSAS, are broadly categorised as follows :-
(a) The Perak Royal Heritage
- Conservation and preservation of the Gallery and other heritage, artifact and culture of special significance to the State of Perak, such as Tekat Embroidery
- “Governance” - setting a precedence for the future
- Continuity and sustainability
(b) Contributions to the nation
(c) Contributions to the State of Perak
- Welfare of the rakyat
- Community development
The activities promoted by YSAS include the following -
(a) Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah
YSAS supports the maintenance, operation, preservation and upkeep of the public gallery known as the Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah, Bukit Chandan, Kuala Kangsar (“the Gallery”) in order to continue to preserve, promote, conserve and protect the building, the royal artifacts and regalia, and other items or objects or artifacts contained therein which are of historical, cultural, social and artistic value or interest.
The Gallery was officially opened by D.Y.M.M. Paduka Seri Sultan Perak on 9 December 2003. It is located on a piece of land measuring 1.4518 hectares identified as Lot 5796, Mukim Sayung, Daerah Kuala Kangsar, Perak Darul Ridzuan. It was rebuilt from the Istana Ulu built in 1898. It houses and displays the history and milestones of the illustrious life of YSAS’s Patron, Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan Perak Darul Ridzuan, Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah.
Currently, the Gallery is undergoing an expansion programme which encompasses expansion and upgrading works surrounding the existing Gallery and the construction of an additional Gallery which include new exhibition halls, improvement on the present exhibition hall, record processing room, repository room for recording artifacts and all records, retrieval system and reference room. The expansion programme was a timely step towards ensuring all information and records which the Gallery houses and displays are managed effectively and efficiently for posterity.
Since its setting up, the Gallery has established and maintains an extremely high standard of inventories. A more comprehensive archive & storage system of international standard, with detailed information of each artifact and record, would be implemented in stages. This is to ensure the preservation and documentation of all these invaluable artifacts and records would be maintained with professional expertise using the latest technology. It is envisaged that this system would be the first high-tech system to be implemented in any museum in the country.
The Gallery in effect is the epitome of D.Y.M.M. Sultan Azlan Shah and quintessentially a reflection and physical representation of the Perak Royalty which began in the early 16th century. Thus, to a larger extent it is the legacy of the reigning Sultan. It provides insight into the Perak Royal Family, the invaluable contributions of D.Y.M.M. Sultan Azlan Shah towards the nation and the State of Perak and Perak’s rich cultural heritage.
Further, it is envisioned that this state-of-the-art Gallery which is held in high acclaim would continue to be a great and attractive landmark throughout time. It sets the benchmark for the criteria of what a museum should be and offers.
(b) The Sultan Azlan Shah Fellowship in the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
The Sultan Azlan Shah Fellowship is in the honour of Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan Perak, Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah, who was appointed as the Lord President of the Malaysian Judiciary, who subsequently came to the throne of Perak in 1984 and later served as the 9th Agong of Malaysia. It is a way of paying tribute to DYMM for DYMM’s immense achievements and contributions to the State of Perak, the Malaysian Federation, the Commonwealth, and the wider world, where DYMM’s reign which is characterized by wise and benevolent rule, serves as an example to the whole Muslim world. The proposed Fellowship is in honour of DYMM’s distinguished career in law, interest in arts and sports (particularly hockey), an epitome of success and excellence and represents an enduring reminder to future generations of young men and women of the high standards DYMM sets in public service.
More importantly, the Sultan Azlan Shah Fellowship will benefit not only the future generations of young men and women in Oxford and beyond, but will place Malaysia in the forefront for upholding the rule of law, progress, development, tolerance and understanding of the Muslim world in the wider international community.
The Sultan Azlan Shah Fellowship is based in Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, a recognized Independent Centre of the University of Oxford, and will carry international status and attract the most senior and distinguished scholars and it aims:-
(1) To promote excellence in teaching and research and dissemination of knowledge;
(2) To promote the study of law and legal traditions relevant to Muslim communities; and
(3) To lead informed discussions and briefing sessions in the individual Fellow’s specialist field in co-operation with relevant partners at the University of Oxford and beyond.
(c) Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lectures (SASLL)
The SASLL series was first organised by The Faculty of Law of University of Malaya on 23 April 1986. Held annually, it represents a significant milestone in the development of law in Malaysia, which also documents the living nature of the common law, encapsulating its vibrancy and vitality in adapting to current times. The nature and diversity of the subjects delivered by the illustrious calibre of the speakers comprising renowned jurists from the United Kingdom and United States of America continue to enthral, enlighten and provoke. It also stands as a living testament to the common law as a ‘shared heritage’ of the Commonwealth.
This public lecture attracts large audience of over 1000 each year, which inter alia includes The Chief Justice, Judges of the Federal Court, Court of Appeal, High Courts and Subordinate Courts, Cabinet Ministers, Attorney General and his officers, legal officers from Ministries, the Judiciary and the statutory bodies, lawyers (in private practice or otherwise), students (including chambering students), legal assistants, academics and senior corporate figures.
(d) Sultan Azlan Shah Cup - Men’s International Hockey Tournament
The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup - Men’s International Hockey Tournament is a prestigious international tournament held annually in Malaysia, played by top-ranked field hockey teams in the world. It began in 1983 as an biennial contest. The tournament became an annual event after 1998, following its growth and popularity. This invitational tournament is sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and is an important fixture and major occasion in the world hockey calendar.
D.Y.M.M. Sultan Azlan Shah had relentlessly spearheaded the efforts to boost the standards of the game to enable the national hockey team to stand at par with their foreign counterparts for more than four decades. Since inception, it has involved the keen participation of 18 nations from six continents with Egypt, Belgium and China being the recent teams joining the tournaments. Other top-notched teams include Pakistan, India, Australia, Spain, Germany, England, Korea, Canada and Argentina.
Each year, the matches have attracted large spectators from all walks of life, both within and outside of Malaysia providing a platform to mingle and come together to enjoy a good game – a unifying factor for the country’s multi-racial communities.
(e) Charitable Activities
YSAS also undertakes various charitable activities which includes:-
- Financial assistance to reconstruct houses for the hardcore poor in the Mukim Batu Kurau, Perak in collaboration with the Pejabat Orang Besar Jajahan Larut, Matang dan Selama and Pejabat Baitulmal Daerah Taiping
- Financial assistance in joint collaboration with Yayasan Orang Asli Perak (“YOAP”) to sponsor their programme in improving and enhancing the quality of education for the school-going children of the Orang Asli Community of Perak.
- Donation to various Non-Governmental Organisations (“NGOs”) in Perak ranging from homes for orphans, single mothers, underprivileged children, physically challenged community and many others in conjunction with the holy month of Ramadhan Al-Mubarak
- Financial assistance/Donations for The “NSTP Flood Victims Assistance Fund” in response to the call for disaster relief for flood victims in Johor, “Tabung Khas Bencana Alam” in aid of natural disasters’ victims of the recent typhoons in the Philippines and South East Asian countries, the tsunami in Japan and the devastating earthquakes in Indonesia and “Tabung NSTP untuk Gaza” to help relieve the suffering of innocent Palestinians who were under unrelenting attack by Israel’s invasion in the Gaza Strip
- Financial assistance to NGOs such as IJN Foundation, Persatuan Diabetes Malaysia, Persatuan Sindrom Down Malaysia, MERCY Malaysia and National Cancer Society of Malaysia and individuals with regards to health improvement.
- Scholarship awards to deserving students undertaking various courses in universities or colleges.
- Sponsorship in the publication of books which to date included “Perak: 300 Early Postcards” and the Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lecture Series. The publication is to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the reign of D.Y.M.M. Sultan Azlan Shah as Sultan of Perak Darul Ridzuan. The books were contributed to the schools and libraries in Perak and various authority departments.
(f) Other activities
Attendance of Members of the Board of Trustees to the keynote speeches and dialogues of the ASEAN-wide event known as "Bridges - Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace" hosted by the International Peace Foundation. 10 series of the speeches and dialogues with the overall theme of "Building a Culture of Peace and Development in a Globalised World" were delivered by the Nobel Laureates as well as other prominent speakers in Malaysia
Unlike other charitable organisations, YSAS aims to be financially independent and self-sustainable to fund its activities pursuant to the objectives for which it is established.
At present, YSAS owns a piece of agricultural land in Mukim Sungai Raia and Mukim Teja, Daerah Kinta, which has been developed into an oil palm plantation. The estate known as Sumbangan Asas Estate has been planted with matured and immature oil palm and currently yielding income for YSAS. Sumbangan Asas Estate is managed by an appointed trustee namely, Sempadan Asasi Sdn Bhd (“SASB”) pursuant to a Trust Deed and the Power of Attorney (dated 21 April 2006) which were concluded in respect thereof authorising SASB to realise the land in such manner as SASB deemed fit to generate income for YSAS.
Whilst the land is primarily to be cultivated with plantation crops, other activities or development may be carried out in future, depending on the land usage and/or circumstances at a particular point in time. The intention is to fully utilise the land to produce income that can be used to fund YSAS’s charitable objectives.
In addition, YSAS also receives contribution or donations from other corporate sectors which are involved in various commercial activities.