Crowds gather to send off Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim


JOHOR BARU: Crowds gathered in front of the Senai International Airport Mosque in Kulai from as early as 7am on Wednesday (Jan 31) to send off Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar as he makes his way to Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur to take oath as Malaysia's 17th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The crowd had started to build right after the dawn prayer with some arriving as early as 5am to avoid being stuck in traffic.

Some 2,000 people are expected to gather in front of the mosque, which is one of 15 locations for the public to show their support from Istana Bukit Serene all the way to the Royal Hangar at Senai International Airport.

The Royal entourage left Istana Bukit Serene at around 7.45am and would take about 30 minutes to reach the Royal Hangar.

The ceremony of taking the oath of office and signing the instrument of office will be held at the 264th (Special) Meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Balairung Seri (throne room), Istana Negara.

At the ceremony, the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, will be sworn in as Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong for the same period.

In the presence of the other Malay Rulers, members of the Royal family and dignitaries, Sultan Ibrahim will sign the instruments of proclamation of office, the content of which will be read out by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

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