Yahya Petra of Kelantan

Sultan Yahya Petra ibni Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim GCMG (Jawi: سلطان يحي ڤيترا ابن المرحوم سلطان إبراهيم‎; 10 December 1917 – 29 March 1979) was the sixth Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia from 21 September 1975 to his death, and the 27th Sultan of Kelantan (1960–1979).

Yahya Petra
يحي ڤيترا
Yang di-Pertuan Agong VI
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Reign21 September 1975 – 29 March 1979
Installation28 February 1976
PredecessorAbdul Halim of Kedah
SuccessorAhmad Shah of Pahang
Prime MinistersAbdul Razak
Hussein Onn
Sultan of Kelantan
Reign10 July 1960 – 29 March 1979
Coronation17 July 1961
SuccessorIsmail Petra
Menteri BesarIshak Lotfi Omar
Asri Muda
Ishak Lotfi Omar
Mohamed Nasir
Hashim Aman
Mohamed Yaacob
Born(1917-12-10)10 December 1917
Istana Balai Besar, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Unfederated Malay States, British Malaya
Died29 March 1979(1979-03-29) (aged 61)
Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Burial30 March 1979
Tengku Alexandria Binti Tengku Yusuf
(m. before 1979)
IssueTengku Merjan
Tengku Rozan
Tengku Salwani
Tengku Rohani
Tengku Ismail Petra
Tengku Mohamed
Tengku Yahya Petra ibni Tengku Ibrahim (as birth)

Tuanku Yahya Petra ibni Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim (as Yang di-Pertuan Agong)

Sultan Yahya Petra ibni Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim (as Sultan of Kelantan)
HouseLong Yunus
FatherSultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Muhammad IV
MotherCik Puan Besar Embong Binti Daud
ReligionSunni Islam

Early lifeEdit

He was born on at 4:00 pm. Monday 10 December 1917, Tengku Yahya Petra at Istana Balai Besar in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. He was the second son of Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Muhammad IV (b. 1897; reigned 1944–1960) by his third wife, Cik Embong binti Encik Daud (1899–1971), who was later promoted to the style Che Ampuan Besar by her son.[1]

The young Tengku Yahya Petra was raised by his childless uncle, Tengku Ismail, later Sultan Ismail ibni Almarhum Sultan Muhammad IV. He was sent to the Francis Light School in Penang before continuing his studies in England. His uncle, Sultan Ismail, appointed him Tengku Temenggong on 21 July 1939. He was later promoted to Tengku Bendahara on 6 February 1945 by his father, then Sultan Ibrahim. He served in various Kelantan civil service posts from 1941 to 1948.[2]

Kelantan succession disputeEdit

Tengku Indra Petra was the eldest son of Sultan Ibrahim and elder brother of Tengku Yahya Petra. After Sultan Ibrahim succeeded his childless brother Sultan Ismail, Tengku Indra Petra was appointed heir apparent with the title of Raja Muda on 25 October 1944. However, due to conflict with his father, he was dismissed from the post and removed from the line of succession by his father's decree on 1 February 1948. On the same day, Tengku Yahya Petra replaced his brother as heir apparent with the new title of Tengku Mahkota.

Tengku Indra Petra became a politician and was elected a Member of Parliament (MP) in the first federal legislative election of 1955. Tengku Indra's descendants have since disputed their family's exclusion from the line succession of the Kelantan throne.[3]

Tengku Indra Petra did not preside over the installation of Sultan Yahya Petra's successor, Sultan Ismail Petra, It was Tengku Panglima Raja Tengku Ahmad who presided over installations of Sultan Ibrahim, Sultan Yahya Petra and Sultan Ismail Petra. Tengku Panglima Raja was the father of the former Sultanah of Johor, Sultanah Zanariah binti Tengku Ahmad.


Sultan Yahya Petra (as he became) succeeded his father a day after the latter's death on 9 July 1960. He was crowned on 17 July 1961 at Istana Balai Besar in Kota Bharu.

Election as Deputy Yang di-Pertuan AgongEdit

Sultan Yahya Petra served as Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the federal deputy king between 21 September 1970 until 20 September 1975.

Election as Yang di-Pertuan AgongEdit

During the election of the sixth Yang di-Pertuan Agong (the federal king), the most senior ruler Sultan Ismail of Johor declined to be considered. Sultan Yahya Petra also declined nomination at first due to having suffered a serious stroke, but changed his mind and was duly elected.[4] His term began from 21 September 1975.


Malaysia's second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak died on 14 January 1976 less than four months into Sultan Yahya Petra's reign as Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

In 1977 a state of emergency was declared in his own state following a political crisis and violence.

Death and funeralEdit

Sultan Yahya Petra died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack at the National Palace on 29 March 1979. His coffin lay in state at the National Palace for a day and was then taken by plane to Kota Bharu where it was buried at the Kelantan Royal Mausoleum .[5]

Family lifeEdit

He was married to Tengku Zainab binti Tengku Sri Utama Raja Tengku Muhammad Petra (1917–1993), who was styled Raja Perempuan Zainab II (her stepmother-in-law was Raja Perempuan Zainab I, consort of Sultan Ibrahim) and Raja Permaisuri Agong. Sultan Yahya Petra and Raja Perempuan Zainab II had one son and six daughters. However, their two daughters passed away when they were young. He also married Tengku Alexandria binti Tengku Yusuf and was given a son.[6]


Name Birth Date Birth Place Death Date Death Place Marriage
Spouse Their children Their grandchildren
Tengku Merjan (1940-02-23)23 February 1940 15 October 2020(2020-10-15) (aged 80) Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital, Kota Bharu, Kelantan 22 January 1960 Tengku Abdul Aziz bin Tengku Muhammad Hamzah Tengku Mohamad Rizam
Tengku Ramizan
Tengku Mohamad Rizal
Tengku Mohamad Ridzman
nine grandchildren
Tengku Rozan (1942-12-25) 25 December 1942 (age 78) 1969
Tengku Mohamed Nasrun bin Tengku Yusuf Tengku Rozanna Petri
Tengku Rozlynda Petri
three grandchildren
Tengku Salwani (1944-08-26) 26 August 1944 (age 77) Istana Batu, Kota Bharu, Kelantan 22 October 1966
Raja Aman Shah bin Raja Shahar Shah Raja Amir Saifuddin Shah None
Tengku Rohani (1947-10-14) 14 October 1947 (age 73) None None None None
Tengku Ismail Petra (1949-11-11)11 November 1949 Istana Jahar, Kota Bharu, Kelantan 28 September 2019(2019-09-28) (aged 69) Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital, Kota Bharu, Kelantan 4 December 1968 Tengku Anis binti Tengku Abdul Hamid Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra
Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra
Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra
Tengku Amalin A’ishah Putri
three grandchildren
Tengku Muhammad Petra 1966 Kota Bharu, Kelantan unknown unknown two sons and two daughters

Awards and recognitionsEdit

Sultan Yahya Petra held the rank of Marshal of the Royal Malaysian Air Force.[citation needed]

Honours of KelantanEdit

Honours of MalaysiaEdit


Places named after himEdit

Several places were named after him, including:

  • Petra Jaya, a suburb in Kuching, Sarawak
  • Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra, Kuala Lumpur (formerly Jalan Semarak/Jalan Henry Gurney)
  • Jalan Tuanku Yahya Petra, the main road on Penang Hill
  • Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra in Kota Bharu, Kelantan
  • Sultan Yahya Petra Mosque in Machang, Kelantan
  • SK Sultan Yahya Petra (1), a primary school in Kuala Krai, Kelantan
  • SK Sultan Yahya Petra (2), a primary school in Kuala Krai, Kelantan
  • SMK Sultan Yahya Petra 1, a secondary school in Kuala Krai, Kelantan
  • SMK Sultan Yahya Petra 2, a secondary school in Kuala Krai, Kelantan
  • Sultan Yahya Petra Bridge in Kota Bharu, Kelantan
  • Sultan Yahya Petra Second Bridge in Kota Bharu, Kelantan


  1. ^ Finestone, Jeffrey and Shaharil Talib (1994) The Royal Families of South-East Asia Shahindera Sdn Bhd
  2. ^ Risalah Pertabalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong VI Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia
  3. ^ (19 November 2005) Harakah
  4. ^ Tunku Abdul Rahman (1978) Viewpoints p 74 Heinemann, Kuala Lumpur
  5. ^ (1 April 1979) New Straits Times
  6. ^ Finestone, Jeffrey and Shaharil Talib (1994) Op Cit
  7. ^ "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 1958" (PDF).
  8. ^ List of recipients of DK I & DK II of Selangor (in Malay)
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Tuanku Abdul Halim
(Sultan of Kedah)
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
(King of Malaysia)

Succeeded by
Sultan Ahmad Shah
(Sultan of Pahang)
Preceded by
Ibrahim IV of Kelantan
Sultan of Kelantan
Succeeded by
Ismail II Petra of Kelantan