MCKK was a direct vision of the Malay Rulers to educate young Malays and become administrators of their own homeland. Those Malay Rulers who became the Founding Fathers for MCKK were:
- Sultan Idris Murshidul ‘Azzam – Perak
- Sultan Sulaiman Alaeddin – Selangor
- Tuanku Muhammad Shah – Negeri Sembilan
- Sultan Ahmad Ma’atham – Pahang
MCKK was established by the direct vision and design of the Federated Malay States. The idea was first mooted during the first Durbar on 14 July 1897 in Kuala Kangsar.
The shape and form of the school was discussed in detail during the 2nd Durbar held in Kuala Lumpur in 1903. On 2nd January 1905, the Malay Residential School was opened in Kuala Kangsar.