JOHOR BAHARU, March 23 (Bernama) — Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar was Monday crowned as the fifth sultan of modern Johor with pomp and pageantry at the Istana Besar here.
Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah was also crowned, at the same ceremony, as the Permaisuri of Johor, a title used for the first time in the state.
The ceremony, which was aired live over RTM and TV3 and beamed to a large screen at Dataran Bandaraya, was witnessed by thousands of people in Johor and the rest of the country.
The ceremony was witnessed by Sultan Ibrahim’s mother, Enche’ Besar Hajah Khalsom Abdullah; the sultan’s elder sister, the Tunku Puteri of Johor Tunku Kamariah Sultan Iskandar and the sultan’s younger sister, Tunku Besar Zabedah Sultan Iskandar.
The Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, and Che’ Puan Khaleeda Bustamam as well as the other children of Sultan Ibrahim also witnessed the historic ceremony.
The Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and his wife Paduka Seri Baginda Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha and the Malay Rulers witnessed the coronation, held at the Throne Room of the palace.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, as well as Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman also attended the ceremony.
The ceremony began at about 10 am with the arrival of Sultan Ibrahim and Raja Zarith Sofiah at the Throne Room, after which the Johor State Anthem was played.
Johor Mufti Datuk Mohd Tahrir Samsudin placed the crown on the head of Sultan Ibrahim and then placed the diadem on the head of Raja Zarith Sofiah.