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Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram (born 28 August 1966)[2][3] is the eldest son of Sulu Sultan Mohammed Mahakuttah Abdullah Kiram (reigned 1974–1986).[4] He became the Head of the Royal House of Sulu[5][6] on 16 February 1986. As the eldest son of the former Sultan, he is the legitimate heir claimant to the throne of the Sultanate of Sulu.[4]

Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram
Sulu Sultan Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram.jpg
Born (1966-08-28) 28 August 1966 (age 52)
Jolo, Sulu, Philippines
Regnal name claimedSultan Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram of Sulu
Title(s)Sultan of Sulu
Throne(s) claimedRoyal Sultanate of Sulu
Pretend from16 February 1986 – present
Monarchy abolished1986
Last monarchJamalul Kiram II
Connection withFather
Royal HouseRoyal House of Kiram
FatherMohammed Mahakuttah Abdullah Kiram
MotherPangyan Farida Tan Kiram
SpouseMellany S. Kiram
ChildrenMaharaja Adinda Moh. Ehsn S. Kiram
Datu Nizamuddin S. Kiram
Dayang-Dayang Rahela S. Kiram
Datu Jihad S. Kiram
Datu Mujahid S. Kiram
Dayang-Dayang Redha S. Kiram
Datu Mahakuttah S. Kiram

Adopted Children & their Spouse:

Datu Dr Cheong Ming Lam
Dayang Dayang Yoke Ching Looi
PredecessorMohammed Mahakuttah Abdullah Kiram
Political sovereignty rights over Sulu were transferred in 1851;[citation needed] Sovereignty rights over North Borneo were transferred by Sulu Sultanate heirs in 1962;[1] The abolition of the Royal Sultanate of Sulu in 1936 did not abolish the Sultanate nor his line of succession.[citation needed] In 1962, Philippine Government again officially recognised the continued existence of the Royal Sultanate of Sulu.[citation needed]


Personal lifeEdit

Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram was born on 28 August 1966 on the island of Jolo in present-day Philippines, the eldest son of Mohammed Mahakuttah Abdullah Kiram, 34th Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo and his first wife Dayang-Dayang Farida Tan-Kiram.[citation needed]

Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram studied at Universidad de Zamboanga in Zamboanga City where he got his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.[citation needed] Between 1995 and 1996, he continued his higher studies in Islam in Lahore, Pakistan. Currently, he is also involved as a local civic leader on the island and Sulu in general, regularly meeting with the local population.[citation needed]

He is married to Ampun Babai Mellany S Kiram and has seven children:

  1. Maharaja Adinda Moh. Ehsn S. Kiram
  2. Datu Nizamuddin S. Kiram
  3. Dayang-Dayang Rahela S. Kiram
  4. Datu Jihad S. Kiram
  5. Datu Mujahid S. Kiram
  6. Dayang-Dayang Redha S. Kiram
  7. Datu Mahakuttah S. Kiram

Adopted Children and their Spouse:

  1. Datu Dr Cheong Ming Lam
  2. Dayang Dayang Yoke Ching Looi


Datu Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram[7] was crowned as Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Sulu on 24 May 1974 beside his father in Sulu, under Memo Order 427,[4][8] which was issued by President Ferdinand Marcos, President of Philippines. Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram was the last recognised Raja Muda (Crown Prince) by the Philippine government. Whereas, Memo Order 427 states that "The Government has always recognised the Sultanate of Sulu as the legitimate claimant to the historical territories of the Republic of Philippines".[citation needed] On 15 August 1974 Sultan Moh. Mahakuttah A. Kiram submitted the organisational structure of the Sultanate of Sulu to the President of Philippines.[citation needed] The above named structure confirmed that Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram was the Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Sulu.[by whom?][citation needed] Raja Muda Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram later crowned Sultan in a coronation event on the island of Jolo on 16 September 2012.[citation needed]

The Royal and Hashemite Order of the PearlEdit

Sultan Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram awards the Royal and Hashemite Order of the Pearl, established in 2011.[citation needed]

Honors and AwardsEdit

Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram has been recognised by a number of Royal Houses and received other awards


Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram is the grandson of Sultan Mohammed Esmail Kiram (1950–1973) while Sultan Muwallil Wasit II (1936) was his great grandfather and Sultan Jamalul Kiram II (1893–1936) was his great granduncle. He is a direct male descendant and the legitimate heir to throne of the Sultanate.[citation needed]


Patrilineal descent

Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram's patriline is the line from which he is descended father to son.

House of Kiram
  1. Sultan Alimud Din I
  2. Sultan Sharapud Din
  3. Sultan Alimud Din II
  4. Sultan Jamalul Kiram I
  5. Sultan Mohammed Polalun Kiram
  6. Sultan Jamalul Alam
  7. Sultan Mawallil Wasit Kiram
  8. Sultan Mohammed Esmail Kiram
  9. Sultan Mohammed Mahakuttah Kiram
  10. Raja Muda Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram

2013 Lahad Datu standoffEdit

Ampun Sultan Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram clearly and emphatically decried these actions led by Jamalul Kiram III and false pretenders to the throne in a press release[11] and on a Malaysiakini TV interview.[12]


  1. ^ "Cession and transfer of the territory of North Borneo by His Highness, Sultan Mohammad Esmail Kiram, Sultan of Sulu, acting with the consent and approval of the Ruma Bechara, in council assembled, to the Republic of the Philippines". Government of the Philippines. 24 April 1962. Archived from the original on 7 February 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  2. ^ "HM Ampun Sultan Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram". The Royal Sultanate of Sulu. Archived from the original on 27 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.[unreliable source?]
  3. ^ "Royal Members of the Real Colégio Nobiliárquico". Real Colégio Nobiliárquico. Retrieved 25 April 2011.[unreliable source?]
  4. ^ a b c "Line of succession of the Sultans of Sulu of the Modern Era".
  5. ^ "Royal House of Sulu". The official website of the Royal House of Sulu. Retrieved 24 April 2011.[unreliable source?]
  6. ^ La Casa Real de Sulu. Salón del Trono. Retrieved 12 December 2011.[unreliable source?]
  7. ^ "Asia America Initiative". Asia America Initiative. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Memo Order 427". Royal House of Sulu. Retrieved 25 April 2011.[unreliable source?]
  9. ^ "Distinguished Members of the ORDER OF THE EAGLE OF GEORGIA AND THE SEAMLESS TUNIC OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (Royal House of Georgia)". Royal House of Georgia. Archived from the original on October 6, 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2011.[failed verification][better source needed]
  10. ^ "Members of The Order of the Engabu". ARKBK CLBG Official Website. Retrieved 8 October 2011.[unreliable source?]
  11. ^ "Statement from Ampun Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram, 35th Sultan of Sulu". Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Multiple Sultans of Sulu making claims for Sabah". Archived from the original on March 2, 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2013.

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Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram
Born: 28 August 1966
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Mohammed Mahakuttah Abdullah Kiram
Sultan of Sulu
16 February 1986 –
Muedzul Lail Tan Kiram