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Published: Thursday January 28, 2010 MYT 6:36:00 PM

Tunku Ismail proclaimed Tunku Mahkota of Johor

JOHOR BARU: The Raja Muda of Johor, Tunku Ismail Idris ibni Sultan Ibrahim, 26, was Thursday proclaimed the Tunku Mahkota (Crown Prince) of Johor. The proclamation, made in accordance with the Johor State Constitution 1895, was made by his father, the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim, at Istana Besar here at 3.20pm.

“Upon my proclamation as the Sultan of Johor, I now have the rights and responsibilities under the Johor State Constitution to choose and appoint an heir with the title of Tunku Mahkota of Johor.

“In discharging my duties under the Johor State Constitution 1895, I, Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, the Sultan and Ruler of Johor and the regions under it, hereby choose and appoint Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tunku Ismail as the heir to the throne of Johor and will assume the title of Tunku Mahkota of Johor,” he proclaimed.

The proclamation was soon followed by Tunku Ismail expressing his gratitude to Sultan Ibrahim for appointing him as the heir to the throne of Johor.

In the proclamation, which was witnessed by members of the royal household, Tunku Ismail also pledged his loyalty in discharging his responsibilities.

Johor Islamic Religious Council advisor Datuk Nooh Gadot recited the prayers at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and wife Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman, Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman and wife Datin Prof Dr Jamilah Ariffin, state executive council members, assembly members and government officials.

Tunku Ismail took over the Tunku Mahkota of Johor title from Sultan Ibrahim who was appointed the Sultan of Johor on Saturday following the death of Sultan Ibrahim’s father, Sultan Iskandar, last Friday.

Born on June 30, 1984 in Johor Baru, Tunku Ismail is the eldest child of six born to Sultan Ibrahim and Raja Zarith Sofiah.

Tunku Ismail was appointed the Raja Muda of Johor in conjunction with the birthday of Sultan Iskandar on April 8, 2006.

He began his education at Sekolah Sri Utama Johor Baharu and SRK St Joseph, Johor Baru and later at the Australian International School in Singapore and Hale School in Perth, Australia, from 1999 to 2002.

He was sent for military training at the renowned Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, India, from 2003 where he graduated with a rank of lieutenant on Dec 11, 2004.

He later served in the Indian Armed Forces as an officer attached to the 61st Cavalry Regiment in Jaipur.

A keen horse rider and an active polo player, Tunku Ismail was also awarded the “Best in Riding” title among academy cadets for the year 2003-2004 and also led his regiment to several victories in polo championships.

Tunku Ismail created history by being the first foreigner to lead the Indian armed forces team during the country’s independent day parade on Jan 26, 2007. -- Bernama

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