JOHOR BARU: In yet another rare feat, Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar will take the wheels of a bus to spearhead the 17th Kembara Mahkota Johor (KMJ) for an 858km journey to the final destination at Dataran Mahkota, Kota Iskandar, Nusajaya, starting June 21.
The bus driven by the Sultan and two other buses will ferry members of the royal family, state leaders and heads of departments for the four-day tour starting at Dataran Majlis Bandaraya here, said State Secretary Datuk Ismail Karim, adding that Sultan Ibrahim would be driving a Prevost Marathon Luxury Coach in the expedition, which was aimed at getting closer to the people.
He said the entourage would first head to Pasir Gudang, then to Kulaijaya, Kota Tinggi, Bandar Tenggara, Gunung Panti, Mersing, Kluang, Segamat, Ledang, Muar, Batu Pahat and Pontian before heading back to the city.
A number of events have been arranged at every stop, including the launch of the Smoke-Free Johor Campaign, an aerobic exercise, a health exhibition and a telematch in line with this year’s focus on promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Speaking at the pre-launch of KMJ 2014, Ismail said several other vehicles would also be joining the programme, including an ice-cream van that would be distributing free ice-cream to the people at the places wherever the convoy would make a stop.
The pre-launch of KMJ 2014 at Istana Pasir Pelangir here was officiated by Sultan Ibrahim. Also present were Tunku Mahkota of Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and State Tourism, Cooperatives and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong.
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