IPOH, Aug 10 (Bernama) -- Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah launched a book entitled 'Titles and Ceremonial Traditions of the Royalty and Nobility of the State of Perak, Malaysia' here today.
His Royal Highness was accompanied by Raja Permaisuri Perak, Tuanku Zara Salim.
Also present were Human Resources Minister M. Kula Segaran, Perak State Assembly Speaker Ngeh Koo Ham, State Secretary Zainal Azman Abu Seman and state executive councillors.
The 960-page book was written by Dr. Adib Vincent Tung Abdullah, who is the chairman of the Perak Academy, a privately-funded organisation with the primary 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, when met by reporters, said the book, which was completed last year, had taken almost 20 years to complete because various parties had to be interviewed such as Orang Besar Jajahan (OBJ) and the palace before being 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.
He said the book, the retail price of which is RM399 a copy, is available at the Perak Academy branch in Jalan Tun Sambanthan here.