In any event, Malaysia was under British control and so when the British Resident complained about Crown Prince Musa and demanded that he be stripped of his rank as heir to the throne this was done. On July 20, 1936 Crown Prince Musa Eddin was deposed as crown prince and replaced by his half-brother Tengku Alam Shah. The Sultan himself did not just go along willingly with this change, arguing that Musa Eddin was the son he wanted to succeed him as his mother had been of royal birth while the mother of Alam Shah was a commoner and thus, according to long established Malay tradition, the total royal was to take precedence over the half-royal (so to speak). The Sultan took the issue all the way to the Secretary of State for the Colonies in London, about as high up the colonial bureaucracy one could go in the British Empire, but it was all to no avail. Prince Musa Eddin was given a lesser royal and most thought the issue would be forgotten. In 1938 Sultan Alaeddin passed away and Tengku Alam Shah succeeded him as the Sultan of Selangor with the blessings of Great Britain. Ironically enough, it was Prince Musa Eddin who presided over his coronation ceremony on January 26, 1939 at Istana Mahkota Puri in Klang which must have been an awkward moment. However, to his credit, Prince Musa Eddin performed his royal, enthroning his younger half-brother with no hint of any bitterness or ill-will toward him.
|Japanese troops in the Malaysian capital|