He is no more, yet for for 27 years, he has carried on giving international hockey a fillip and kept the sport alive especially in South East Asia.
The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Tournament ( named after him) was started in 1983 as a biennial contest, which then became an annual event after 1998, following its growth and popularity.
Year after year, season by season, hockey fans across the country shift their attentions, polish their loyalties, and renew their hopes: and look forward to this sensational tournament.
The idea for the formation of tournament 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.
The child of a royal father and commoner mother, he grew up in Perak, Malaysia. During school he played field hockey, subsequently playing for the Perak team. He trained to be a lawyer in the United Kingdom.
Upon returning to Malaysia, he soon became a judge and quickly rose through the legal ranks. In 1965, he became the youngest person appointed to the High Court of Malaya, and in 1982 he became the youngest ever Lord President of the Federal Court, the country’s highest judicial rank.
After his uncle died in 1984, Azlan Shah became the Sultan of Perak. He became the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (elected king) of Malaysia in 1989, serving a five-year term before returning to his post as Sultan of Perak.
In 2009, he exercised his royal authority to prevent the dissolution of the Perak Legislative Assembly, sparking a constitutional crisis. Ultimately, the legal system ruled Sultan Azlan had acted properly.
During his career, Sultan Azlan Shah was awarded more than 3 dozen Malaysian and foreign honours. Dozens of buildings and other projects were named after him, including a genus of insects.
Since his school and university days, His Royal Highness was actively involved in sports, especially in the game of hockey. His Royal Highness was the longest serving President of the Malaysian Hockey Federation (1976–2004); he was the President of the Asian Hockey Federation and sat on the Executive Board of the International Hockey Federation representing Asia. Under Azlan Shah’s leadership, Malaysia twice hosted the World Cup, in 1975 and 2002.
Azlan Shah died on 28 May 2014 at 1:30 pm at the National Heart Institute, Kuala Lumpur at aged 86. He was posthumously titled as Marhum Al-Maghful-Lah and was laid to rest at the Al-Ghufran Royal Mausoleum near Ubudiah Mosque, Kuala Kangsar.