Sultan of Johor Passed Away

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Eventhough I'm not from Johor but my mother and wife are Johorean. I also studied there for 5 years at UTM Skudai. Al-Fatihah to the Sultan and may Allah bless him.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 (Bernama) -- The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Iskandar who died on Friday at the age of 77, was a Ruler who was firm but fair and always wanted the best for his subjects to the extent that Johor emerged as one of the most developed states in the country.

Proclaimed as the Sultan of Johor on May 11, 1981, Sultan Iskandar died at 7.15pm at the Puteri Specialist Hospital in Johor Baharu. This was announced by Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.

He is survived by Sultanah Johor Sultanah Zanariah and two sons and eight daughters namely Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ibrahim Ismail, Tunku Puteri Johor Tunku Hajah Kamariah, Tunku Besar Tunku Zabedah Aminah, Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah, Tunku Hajah Mariam Zahrah, Tunku Norani, Tunku Maimunah Ismailiah, Tunku Bendahara Johor Tunku Abdul Majid Idris Ismail, Paduka Puteri Tunku Muna Najiah and Tunku Aminah Kalsom Masera Marian Zahirah.

During his reign, Sultan Iskandar was loved by all strata of society in Johor for his endless guidance and concern for his subjects.

He was not only wise in matters concerning religion and administration, but also in other fields such as the military, sports and business.

In his speeches, he had always reminded his subjects to adopt the spirit of consensus, to be united and to work diligently to ensure prosperity for the state.

He was conferred the honorary Doctorate in Law by The National University of Singapore (NUS) on April 12, 2007 in recognition of his role in the progress and prosperity of the state and his contribution towards bilateral relations between Malaysia and Singapore.

In maintaining bilateral relations between Malaysia and Singapore, Sultan Iskandar often invited Singapore leaders to Istana Bukit Serene in Johor Baharu during Hari Raya.

He was appointed the eighth Yang di-Pertuan Agong from April 26 1984 to April 25, 1989.

He was born on April 8, 1932 at Istana Semayam, Johor Baharu, and was the eldest son of the late Sultan Ismail ibni Sultan Ibrahim.

He loved to play polo, as well as wind surfing, golf and hunting. He was also a commissioned pilot and had received basic military training in the Johor Military Force.

Sultan Iskandar was also the Commander of the Johor Military Force which was founded and established by his great-grandfather Sultan Abu Bakar in 1885.

He had served in the second battalion of the Territorial Army in Johor Baharu in 1960 and the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Reserve Force as an officer and was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the Commando Regiment.

As the Head of Religion in the state, the Sultan had close relations with the State Religious Council and the relevant department to keep abreast with developments concerning religion.

He also used to deliver Friday sermons personally at the mosques in Johor.

In sports, he was noted for his keen interest in various challenging sports such as golf, tennis, boxing, water skiing, swimming, parachuting, motor racing and riding superbikes.

He was also a respected helicopter and light aircraft pilot.

When opening the Shooting Competition for the Sultan Iskandar Challenge Trophy 1997, he had said that the sport was no longer an activity exclusively for the rich but was open to everyone because the fee charged by shooting clubs were nominal.

Besides shooting, Sultan Iskandar also gave his support to sports tourism and often attended the International Kites Festival where Bukit Layang-Layang, Pasir Gudang became the permanent venue.

Sultan Iskandar received his early education at Sekolah Rendah Ngee Heng, Johor Baharu before continuing his education at English College (now Sekolah Sultan Abu Bakar) in Johor Baharu and subsequently went to Trinity Grammer School, Australia at the age of 16 before enrolling at the Devon Technical College, England five years later.

Upon completing his studies on Jan 25, 1956, he returned to Johor in 1956 and served as an administrative officer in the Johor State Civil Service until 1959.

He was later appointed Tengku Mahkota Johor on May 8, 1959 following the death of his grandfather the late Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar in London.

In December 1966, he was appointed the Raja Muda of Johor by his father and he also ventured into business by setting up several companies such as Mados Enterprises and Mados-Cito-Daiken.

On May 10, 1981 he was appointed the Regent after Sultan Ismail was taken ill and was proclaimed as the Johor Ruler on May 11, 1981.

-- BERNAMA

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