Sultanah Kalsom binti Abdullah

Sultanah Kalsom
Sultanah of Pahang
Tenure 30 September 1992 - present
Predecessor Tengku Ampuan Afzan
Born (1951-09-12) 12 September 1951
Taftan, India & Persia
Spouse Sultan Ahmad Shah
Issue Tengku Abdul Fahd Muadzam Shah ibni Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah
Religion Sunni Islam

Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom binti Abdullah (née Anita) is the current Sultanah of Pahang and the wife of Sultan Ahmad Shah, widowed on 28 June 1988.[1] Born on 12 September 1951, she is of Persian/Pakistani descent and was born in Taftan India & Persia

Sultanah Kalsom married Sultan Ahmad Shah on 14 March 1991. She was given the title Cik Puan Kalsom on the same day of her marriage she became The Sultanah of Pahang, with the title of Her Royal Highness on 30 September 1992.[2]

She and the Sultan have one issue; a son together: His Highness Tengku Fahd Mu'adzam Shah Ibni Sultan Hajji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah .[1][3]


Sultanah Kalsom has used her royal position to further many social causes and is a patron of numerous organisations, lending her presence to inspire those engaged in managing these organisations.

Yayasan Sri Kencana Kalsom

The Yayasan Sri Kencana Kalsom, named after her, provides shelter for single parents as well as women who have been victims of domestic abuse. The Yayasan helps these women rebuild their lives finding them jobs that enable them to be independent and lead their lives with dignity.


She is also Patron of OrphanCARE Foundation, a non-profit organisation that aims in getting orphans adopted. OrphanCARE also set up Malaysia's first baby hatch for mothers to anonymously leave their unwanted newborns to be put up for adoption. She has given her full support to the organisation which has the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development as its smart partner.

Soroptimist Club of Kuantan

As Patron of the Soroptimist Club of Kuantan, a gathering of professional women who pool their talents to assist the needy, Sultanah Kalsom works closely to guide the movement with her strong views on empowerment. Her concern for women stems from her personal philosophy that dreams must be pursued to the fullest and that women must be given every opportunity to realise their talents.

The Sorority

Sultanah Kalsom is also an Honorary Member of The Sorority, an exclusive members-only club for inspiring professional women based in London, is considered an iconic inspirational woman who represents the modern, professional woman who is shaping the future with individual style and expression.

Kiwanis Club of Kuantan

Sultanah Kalsom has been the patron of the Kiwanis Club of Kuantan since 2004.[4][5]

Awards and Honours

For the exceptional work that is inspiring societal advancement the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology awarded Sultanah Kalsom the Honorary Doctorate of Social Development.[6]

Honours of Pahang


  1. 1 2 Malaysian Monarchy: His and Her Majesty - Yang di-Pertuan Agong VII (The Sultan of Pahang)
  2. The Royal Ark: Malaysia - The Kings or Supreme Heads of State (Yang di-Pertuan Agong)
  3. HighBeam: New Straits Times - Pleasant surprise for Sultan Ahmad Shah
  4. Mind: Those with Down Syndrome learn to gain employment
  5. Kiwanis Malaysia: Breaking News - DYMM Sultanah Pahang Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom is the Patron of the Kiwanis Club of Kuantan
  7. Sultanah Kalsom wearing the sash of DK I
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