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Published: Thursday November 22, 2012 MYT 3:49:00 PMUpdated: Thursday November 22, 2012 MYT 4:36:13 PM
By HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH
MUAR: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar wants the state government to gazette all old buildings in this town as heritage buildings.
He said the buildings, including the Muar High School, the old Muar courthouse, the old Muar post office, the town mosque, the Muar hospital and the old Customs office, were built by Sultan Abu Bakar Sultan Ibrahim.
Speaking at his 54th birthday celebration, he said he decided to celebrate his birthday in Muar as he loved Bandar Maharani which is located along Sungai Muar.
"For the first time, a Johor Ruler decided to celebrate his birthday in Muar and I made history today by being the first Ruler to celebrate his birthday here.
"I picked Muar as the town is rich in history and tradition besides being peaceful, beautiful and progressive," he said before conferring state awards and old royal titles to his children at the Muar Diamond Jubilee Hall on Thursday.
Sultan Ibrahim, who was accompanied by his consort Raja Zarith Sofia, said Sungai Muar should always be clean and protected.
He urged the state government, the local authorities and the people to ensure the river's cleanliness.
This, he said, could be done by relocating the bus and taxi terminals elsewhere.
Sultan Ibrahim also announced the revival of old royal titles which he bestowed on his children.
Tunku Abdul Jalil Sultan Ibrahim, was conferred the title of Tunku Laksamana Johor; Tunku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ibrahim the Tunku Panglima Johor; Tunku Abu Bakar Sultan Ibrahim the Tunku Putera Johor; Tunku Idris Iskandar Sultan Ibrahim the Tunku Temenggong Johor; and Tunku Aminah Sultan Ibrahim the Tunku Tun Aminah.
Meanwhile, thousands of residents thronged the roads in the town to witness the ceremony at the Diamond Jubilee Hall.
Those who could not enter the hall watched the celebration and investiture ceremony from five giant screens set up by the municipal council.
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