Yamtuan Tuanku Jaafar Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan passed away peacefully today at the age of 86, at Seremban General Hospital at 11.45am of 27th December, 2008. May his soul find eternal peace. He was the son of the first Paramount Ruler of Malaysia Tuanku Abdul Rahman, appointed the 10th Yang Di Pertuan Bsar of Negri Sembilan on April 18th, 1967 upon the death of his half-brother Tunku Munawir. A graduate of Malay College Kuala Kangsar.
Upon his death, the new ruler will be chosen from the four princes. The titles of these four princes are: Tunku Muda Serting currently held by Tunku Imran, Tunku Laxamana Seri Menanti currently held by Tunku Naquiyiddin, Tunku Besar Seri Menanti Seri Menanti currently held by Tunku Mukhriz, the son of the late Tunku Munawir a half-brother of the late Tunku Jaafar, and Tunku Besar Seri Menanti was held by the late Tunku Abdullah the brother of Tunku Jaafar. (note: the title, if I am not mistaken is now being held the youngest son of Tunku Jaafar, Tunku Nadzaruddin.)
The prerogative to elect or to choose the Yang Di Pertuan Besar rests on the four chieftains of Undang Sungai Ujung, Undang Luak Rembau, the Undang of Luak Jelebu and Undang of Luak Johol. The four Undangs or are those from the direct lienage of the Orang Asli blood and they are not of a Minangkabau descent.
The system is not only customary but enshrined in the state Constitution First Part , Chapter 111. (Source:The Royal Album of Negeri Sembilan.
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