Malaysian States – Abodes of Awesomeness!

So it dawned on me that I didn’t really know the meaning of all the “Arabic honorifics” given to the different states. I believe at one point we were asked to memorized all of them 13 states honorifics. But I guess either I was sleeping or we were just not taught what those “Darul xxx” really mean. Thank God for Wikipedia.
(curious: why are they called Arabic honorifics? Were they given by the Arabs long ago?)

And my oh my, these names are beautiful!
(I have to “define Abode” to know that it means “a place of residence; a house or home.”. Whoa macam House Stark, House Lannister and House Baratheon, gaya-nya!)

Here’s the awesome list.

  1. Perak Darul Ridzuan Abode of Grace

    • Literally it’ll be Silver Abode of Grace. Whoa suddenly the atas-ness all terserlah berlambak-lambak!
  2. Selangor Darul EhsanAbode of Sincerity

  3. Johor Darul Ta’zimAbode of Dignity

  4. Kedah Darul Aman Abode of Peace

  5. Kelantan Darul NaimThe Blissful Abode

  6. Melaka Darul Azim (Melaka Negeri Bersejarah) – The Historic State

  7. Negeri Sembilan Darul KhususThe Special Abode

  8. Pahang Darul MakmurAbode of Tranquility

  9. Perlis Indera Kayangan (Perlis Darul Sunnah)

    • Indera Kayangan is loosely translated to Heavenly Sensation (with the help of Google Translate). Need help, anyone?
  10. Pulau Pinang (Pulau Mutiara) – Island of Pearls

  11. SabahThe Land below the Wind

  12. SarawakLand of the Hornbills

  13. Wilayah Persekutuan – Federal Territory

    1. Putrajaya

    2. Labuan

    3. Kuala Lumpur 


Like all names I am curious about the story as to why those names were given. Perhaps if those stories are incorporated into our Sejarah syllabus, it might actually have been a little more exciting while we were learning about it. (*≧▽≦)

Oh ya, for the record, thank you for everyone who wished me happiness today! Facebook registered 108 of them, so thank you thank you! I think your wishes came true, I’m happy that I got to know more about the hidden awesomeness of my beloved country. Never too late I guess.




  2. Wikipedia


How I stumble upon the awesomeness of the Malaysian states?

Background: I was watching Gangster Squad and it got me thinking about the whether there are documented stories about Malaysian gangsters? So I went on to google “malaysian gangster” and I chanced upon Botak Chin. I don’t think I’ve heard of him but his story is super interesting. Maybe some day someone will make a film out of it.

So Botak Chin was treated at Tanjung Rambutan Mental Hospital in Perak for 19 days before he stand trial. Perak jumped out on me and it got me thinking about the Ipoh gangsters stories that I’ve heard about while I was growing up. Of course they were called triads or 黑社会(literally Black Society. More commonly known as Secret Society.) The story goes that the Cantonese Triads won the war against the Hakka Triads. That’s why everyone in Ipoh spoke Cantonese and the Hakkas stays at the outskirt of the town. But I don’t think there are any official historical records about this. This might be an interesting dissertation for a history major :p.

One thing led to the other, I was reading the wikipedia page on Perak and lo and behold, right there, “Abode of Grace” – Perak Darul Ridzuan!  So cool right? Silver Abode of Grace.

Hey what about the other “Darul”s, and again one thing led to the other and this list is born. Super random, I know. But that’s how serendipity works! It’s awesome!

Thank you Wikipedia and hyperlink :p