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Perlis (Malaysia)

Negeri Perlis "Indera Kayangan", State of Perlis "Land of Dreams"

Last modified: 2006-09-02 by ian macdonald
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[Perlis (Malaysia)] 1:2 image by Clay Moss, 16 September 2005

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Perlis has a Rajah and not a Sultan, because it was part of Kedah until the Siamese partitioned it.
Andrew Yong
, 30 April 1999

Webster's New Geographical Dictionary 1988 has:

Perlis was until 1821 subject to Kedah; made separate state by Siamese 1841; came under British protection by treaty of 1909, in which Siam ceded to Great Britain its right over the state; became one of the five Unfederated Malay States of British Malaya; part of independent Federation of Malaya 1957; became a state of Malaysia 1963.

Jarig Bakker, 13 November 1999


I am using colors RGB 255-204-0 for the yellow-gold and RGB 0-0-102 for the blue as this is the standard practice for Perlis flags being manufactured in Malaysia.
Clay Moss, 16 September 2005

From this Perlis in Brief webpage:

Perlis's flag consist of two same size horizontal lines. The upper one which is yellow in color depicts the King while the other one which is blue color depicts citizens of Perlis. Therefore this flag emblems tight relationship between the King and the citizens.

[Perlis emblem:] The paddy depicts the main economic activity and the main product of Perlis. The shield depicts the glory of state.

Rajah's Standard

Flaggenbuch 1939 shows the Rajah's Standard as a 1:2 yellow flag with a large complicated emblem in the middle.
Ivan Sache, 15 January 2000

[Perlis c.1939 (Malaysia)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26th March 2006

In Flaggenbuch (1939) (Reprint) the flag is depicted on page 118. The ratio there is indeed 1: 2. On a plain yellow flag there is a symmetric green shield with 9 corners surrounded by a green wreath. In the shield there is a white probably Arab inscription surrounded by a closed white wreath. The inscription is shown above - it is states "Perlis".
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26th March 2006

An image of the emblem can be seen at (also archived here).
Olivier Touzeau, 2 April 2006

Flag c.1939

[Perlis c.1939 (Malaysia)] 1:2 image by Željko Heimer

Flaggenbuch 1939 shows the national flag with proportion 2:3.
Ivan Sache
, 15 January 2000