JOHOR BARU: Iskandar Puteri is the new name for Nusajaya from January 2016.
It was chosen as it was the name of the administrative centre for Johor in 1855, said Yayasan Warisan Johor historical research officer Kamdi Kamil.
During that time, Temenggong Tun Daeng Ibrahim Temenggong Daeng Abdul Rahman named the area Bukit Tanjung Puteri and later changed it to Iskandar Puteri as he wanted the administrative centre to look modern, it being the seat of power.
“Iskandar was part of the name of the state ruler Sultan Ali Iskandar Ibni Sultan Hussein Shah,” he told The Star in an interview at his office in Yayasan Warisan Johor here recently.
In 1855, Sultan Ali ceded the sovereignty rights of Johor (except Kesang, Muar) to Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim in exchange for a formal recognition as the Sultan of Johor by the British and a monthly allowance.
“Meanwhile, Puteri was the name of a pretty girl named Puteri Mayang Selida who lived in Bukit Tanjung Puteri (Iskandar Puteri) with an old lady in the area,” he said.
Kamdi added that the first administrative centre for the state was Kota Kara in Kota Tinggi (1528), followed by Kota Sayong Kota Tinggi, Kota Batu Johor Lama, Kota Seluyut then back to Kota Batu Johor Lama.
It was then shifted to Kota Batu Sawar, Kota Tauhid, Kota Panchor, Bentan, Daik Lingga, Teluk Belanga in Singapore, Iskandar Puteri and Johor Baru. he said.
He added that they shifted from one area to another after they were attacked by the Portuguese and Achehnese.
“The name Iskandar Puteri was used for the state between 1855 and 1866.
“Then it was changed to Johor Baru by the state ruler Temenggong Wan Abu Bakar,” he said.
Kamdi, who was also among those in charge of looking for the best name to replace Nusajaya, said he had previously suggested three names – Iskandar Puteri, Penggawa Barat and Seri Amar, which are all related to the state’s history.
He said Penggawa Barat was taken from the position of the Sultan’s representative who covers Johor Barat, Datuk Abdul Samad Ibrahim.
He said Seri Amar, meanwhile, was the position of Datuk Seri Amar Diraja Abdul Rahman Andak who was the first state secretary for Johor.
He said Iskandar Puteri was the appropriate name to replace Nusajaya as it complements the existing waterfront development Puteri Harbour and the state administrative centre Kota Iskandar.
Sultan Ibrahim had in August this year decreed that Nusajaya be replaced with a new name that has historical background and related to the area.