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Historic celebrations for the whole of Muar


THIS week will be an unforgettable one for the people of Muar. Not only has the town been chosen as the venue for the birthday celebrations of the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, but this week will also see the proclamation of Muar as Johor’s Royal Town.

It is rather appropriate for Muar to be chosen as the Royal Town as it has long been dubbed “Bandar Maharani” or Empress’ Town.

Founded in 1885 at the mouth of Muar river by Datuk Bentara Luar Muhamad Salleh Perang and officially opened by Maharaja Abu Bakar on Aug 12, 1887, Muar was called Bandar Maharani in honour of Abu Bakar’s wife Maharani Fatimah.

Sultan Ibrahim first announced the proclamation of Muar as the Royal Town on Feb 5 during the state level Maulidur Rasul celebration this year.

With the proclamation, Muar will join the likes of Klang, Seri Menanti, and Kuala Kangsar as a royal town.

Visitors to the town over the last few months would have noticed the transformation of Muar as preparations for the big event went into full swing.

The centrepiece of the transformation would undoubtedly be the arch resembling four elephant tusks holding a Royal crown that have been constructed at the Jalan Sulaiman roundabout as a symbol of the declaration.

A five-day celebration has been arranged in Muar to mark the Sultan’s birthday and the proclamation so that the people can also join in the festivities.

Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli, secretary of the Council of the Royal Court, said that in choosing Muar as the venue for his birthday celebrations, Sultan Ibrahim is following in the footsteps of his great-great grandfather, Sultan Abu Bakar, who celebrated the anniversary of the day of his ascension to the Johor throne on March 1, 1895, in this town.

Rahim said the celebrations were conducted in accordance with the Johor royal customs and traditions, some of which have not been seen for a long time.

The celebrations began with an Istiadat Meletak Kerja which was held earlier this week with the raising of the state ceremonial flag at Dataran Tanjung Emas.

The flag will only be lowered a week later at the end of the celebrations.

Among the ceremony that were held in conjunction with the birthday celebrations was the Majlis Teriman (levee ceremony), where the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, on behalf of the royal family, delivered a congratulatory speech.

At the ceremony, the Menteri Besar, accompanied by a representative each from the Chinese and Indian communities, also delivered a congratulatory speech and pledge of loyalty.

This was followed by the investiture ceremony at the refurbished Dewan Jubli Intan Sultan Ibrahim, where the ceremony was conducted with pomp and splendour and steeped in protocol.

The highlight of the proclamation ceremony was the placement of a time capsule containing a copy of the declaration, a copy of the State Constitution and a replica of the Muar State Commissioner’s flag.

According to Rahim the ceremony mirrors a similar one held at the founding of Bandar Maharani at Tangga Batu in 1887.

It has been a while since the announcement that Muar will become a Royal Town, and now the time has come for all to witness this historic event.

I am sure this will be something that the people in Johor in general, and in Muar in particular, will remember for a long time.

Read more: Historic celebrations for the whole of Muar – Johor – New Straits Times

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