|Sultan Pahang, Sir Abu Bakar conferring the Meritorious Service Medal to Dr Che Lah bin Md Joonos, June 1958. Dr Che Lah was the royal physician to Sultan Sir Abu Bakar. This photo still hangs in his living-room.|
Sultan Pahang's Family Tree:
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Sultan Abu Bakar of Pahang (born 29 May 1904-died 7 May 1974; reigned 1932-1974)
Full name: Sultan Abu Bakar Riayatuddin Al-Muadzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdullah Al-Mutassim Billah Shah GCMG,
He was born at Istana Hinggap, Pekan Lama. He was the second son of Sultan Abdullah Al-Mutassim Billah Shah by his wife, Che Kalsom binti Tun Abdullah.
He succeeded his father in 1932 as the fourth sultan of Pahang.
He became known as a friendly and approachable ruler by his subjects.
During the Japanese Occupation of Malaya (1941-45), he discreetly encouraged resistance movements such as the Askar Wataniah, Force 136 and the MPAJA.
Due to his penchant for marrying commoners, including several popular actresses and singers, he was less popular with other Malay rulers and they declined five times to choose him as Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
He died on 7 May 1974 and was succeeded by his son Sultan Ahmad Shah.