DYMM Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, DK., SPMJ., SPCM
MELTA is deeply honoured and privileged to be graced by the royal patronage of Duli Yang Maha Mulia Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah. Tuanku accepted MELTA’s invitation to become Royal Patron of the Association on the 15th of February 2008.
DYMM Raja Zarith Sofiah Binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah is descended from rulers of the Melaka Sultanate. She studied at Cheltenham Ladies’ College and was accepted to read Chinese Studies (a 4-year undergraduate programme) at Somerville College, University of Oxford.
DYMM Raja Zarith Sofiah received her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from the University of Oxford in 1983. DYMM Raja Zarith Sofiah is Pro-Chancellor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and is involved with many charitable organisations and NGOs. She is the President of Persatuan Pandu Puteri Johor (the Girl Guides of Johor) and Royal Patron of the Spastics School of Johor Bahru and the Rotary Club of Tebrau Foundation.
Tuanku is also Chairman, Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) National Community and helps with fund-raising and awareness programs run by the Malaysian Red Crescent. DYMM Raja Zarith Sofia has keen interest in writing and publishing editorials in Malaysian newspapers. In November 2005, she delivered a keynote paper titled “Shared Reality: The Media and Us” at SoLLs.INTEC.05, an international conference organised by UKM. The paper subsequently became the prologue to the six volumes of books published by Pearson-Longman Malaysia (2007). In January 2008, she delivered a public lecture in UKM entitled “Going Global: The Use of the English Language in 21st Century Malaysia,” in her capacity as a Royal Fellow at UKM. Tuanku was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Education by Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia on 23 August 2008. The bestowment of the university’s highest award is fitting testimony for Tuanku who has worked selflessly in support of public welfare and educational programmes in Malaysia.
Tuanku has a strong passion for the development of education and she has continuously promoted this through her column in the local media, her public lectures and her active roles in non-governmental voluntary organisations. She stands out for her intelligence, eloquence and courage in speaking up for social justice and the plight of the underprivileged and voiceless citizen. She is a royalty with a heart for her people.
MELTA is proud that it is the first and only educational organization to have DYMM Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris as its patron.