The state of Jelebu dates from the seventeenth century and was originally called Sungai Jirak. It forms a part of the Negri Sembilan federation. The ruler is styled Penghulu Jelebu, a position elective by the nobles and chiefs of the state, from amongst three connected families, the Waris Ulu Jelebu, Waris Sarin and Waris Kemin. The Mentri (minister) becomes regent on the death of an incumbent Penghulu with the title of Shah Alam Raja Sahari (king for a day), he supervises the election of a successor. He has the right to confirm, or negate any election, but is himself, disqualified from the high office.
An attempt to install a superior hereditary ruler (Yang di-Pertuan Muda) was brought to an end in 1886, when the nobles and chiefs successfully petitioned the British protectorate authorities for the abolition of that office - see Jelebu 2.
STYLES & TITLES: The ruler: Yang Amat Mulia Dato' Mendelika Mentri Akhir ul-Zaman …, Dato' Penghulu of Luak Jelebu.
Wife of the ruler: Toh Puan (if not of higher rank).
RULES OF SUCCESSION:
The Dato' Undang is elected by the great nobles and vassals of the state, form amongst four great noble houses, the Waris Jelebu, Waris Ulu Jelebu, Waris Sarin, and Waris Kemin.
ORDERS AND DECORATIONS:
None, see Negri Sembilan.
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