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Raja Tun Uda
|1st Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Penang|
31 August 1957 – 30 August 1967
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||Syed Sheh Shahabudin|
|2nd Menteri Besar of Selangor|
July 1949 – March 1953
|Preceded by||Hamzah Abdullah|
|Succeeded by||Othman Muhammad|
|4th Menteri Besar of Selangor|
September 1954 – August 1955
|Preceded by||Othman Muhammad|
|Succeeded by||Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Majid|
Raja Uda bin Raja Muhammad
Kuala Langat, Selangor
|Died||17 October 1976(aged 81–82)|
|Spouse(s)||Raja Maslamah binti Raja Busu|
Tengku Badariah binti Al-Marhum Sultan Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah
Tengku Puan Nor Saadah binti Al-Marhum Sultan Alaeddin Sulaiman
|Mother||Y.M. Raja Embut Long binti Raja Barkat|
|Father||Y.M. Raja Muhammad|
Raja Tun Uda bin Raja Muhammad, KBE, CMG (1894–17 October 1976) was a Malaysian statesman during the country's struggle for independence and its early years of nationhood. He was a civil servant under the British colonial administration, and eventually rose to important administrative positions within the government. Upon the independence of Malaya in 1957, he became the first Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Penang, one of the four states in Malaysia without a hereditary ruler.
Raja Uda was also the grandfather of Malaysian political blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin.
Raja Uda was a member of the Selangor royal family, being a distant cousin of Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah and a direct descendant of the first Sultan of Selangor. He married Sultan Hisamuddin's sister, Tengku Badariah binti Sultan Alaeddin Sulaiman Shah.
Educated at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar. Raja Uda joined the colonial government service in 1910 at age 16. In 1939, he was appointed as secretary to the British Resident of Selangor. He was Menteri Besar of Selangor twice, from 1949 to 1953, and again from 1954 to 1955. In between, Raja Uda served as Malayan High Commissioner in the United Kingdom. He was involved in negotiations with the British to establish the Member System in the 1950s.
In 1951, Raja Uda was appointed a CMG and appointed an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1953, entitling him to the style "Sir," since the Federation of Malaya was then a realm of the British Empire. Following the first ever general election in 1955, Raja Uda was appointed Speaker of the Federal Legislative Council.
Several projects and institutions were named after him, including:
- The neighbourhood of Kampung Raja Uda, Port Klang, Selangor
- Perpustakaan Raja Tun Uda or Raja Tun Uda Library in Shah Alam, Selangor.
- The Weld Quay in George Town, Penang was renamed Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda.
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Raja Tun Uda (SMKRTU) in Bayan Lepas, Penang
- Masjid Jamek Raja Tun Uda, the first mosque built in Shah Alam, Selangor located at Section 16.
He has been awarded :
Honour of Penang
- As 1st Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Penang (31 August 1957 - 30 August 1967))
Honour of Malaya
- United Kingdom :
- Raja Sir Tun Uda Al Haj Bin Raja Muhammad: Family Tree
- Bab 5: Pembinaan Negara Bangsa yang Merdeka (in Malay). Textbook notes. Accessed June 3, 2010
- The Royal Ark, Selangor genealogical details p.2
- decorations of Penang : Order of the Defender of State founded in 01/08/1967
- "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 1958" (PDF).
|New creation|| Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Penang
Syed Sheh Shahabudin