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by mohd farhaan shah
Royal event: Sultan Ibrahim being flagged off by Mohamad during the launching of the 15th edition of Kembara Mahkota Johor at Dataran Menara Aqabah in Pasir Gudang.
PASIR GUDANG: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has begun his four-day 15th edition of the Kembara Mahkota Johor to meet his subjects.
This year’s Kembara would see Sultan Ibrahim travel some 1,100km with 393 members in a motorcycle expedition, which also includes state government officials while visiting 10 districts in the annual event that started in 2001.
Johor Ruler’s royal consort Raja Zarith Sofiah Binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail, Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Iskandar, and other members of the royal family also took part in the Kembara Mahkota.
The Tuanku would be travelling to Pontian, Batu Pahat, Muar, Ledang, Segamat, Kluang, Mersing, Kota Tinggi, Kulaijaya, before ending his visit at Gelang Patah on Aug 27.
State Speaker Datuk Mohamad Aziz flagged off the entourage at Dataran Menara Aqabah here yesterday.
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said in his speech that the theme for the Kembara Mahkota 2013 is ‘Tour towards Unity’ to foster the bond between the royal institution, state leaders, the government and the rakyat.
He pointed out that the Kembara Mahkota for this year would be different, as Sultan Ibrahim had come up with an idea to give a special gift to the rakyat for each race in every district visited by him.
“There would be a lucky draw at every district where three winners will travel to destinations chosen by Sultan Ibrahim such as China, India, and Mecca,” he said.
Mohamed Khaled added that every Johorean is very proud of the annual Kembara programme, which has also become a main tourism event for the state.
“The Federal Government has even recognised the importance of Kembara Mahkota and marked it as one of the main tourism events for the Visit Malaysia 2014 calendar,” he said.
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