REGAL TOUCH: Sultan’s convoy raises fund for charity and shows how the royal institution bonds with its people
JOHOR BARU: THIS year's Kembara Mahkota Johor (KMJ) 2012 ended on a high note on Wednesday as the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar completed the journey with other participants. The event also raised more than RM1.2 million in aid for the needy.
The Sultan, on his Harley-Davidson Street Glide motorcycle, was welcomed by the public as his superbike convoy entered the Plaza Angsana shopping complex grounds in Tampoi here about 1.45pm.
Earlier, he was at the Kempas Community Centre which was his last stop.
Hundreds were seen waving and cheering as the state's ruler made his way to the tent where the closing ceremony took place.
He was accompanied by his sons Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail, Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris and Tunku Jalil.
Present to greet the royal entourage was Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, state secretary Datuk Obet Tawil, Johor Baru mayor Burhan Amin and Uda Holdings Bhd chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
The entourage of more than 30 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, led by Sultan Ibrahim, travelled 1,012km through 10 districts in the state.
This year, the KMJ 2012 provided aid to many of the needy and also gave out a total of 20 Honda EX-5 motorcycle in a lucky draw in conjunction with the event.
This year's KMJ, which was its 15th edition, was different as it was flagged off for the first time by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
In his speech, Ghani said the KMJ 2012 was a success based on the feedback from the 10 districts the Sultan had visited.
"The programme shows how the Sultan bonds with his people and the meaningful relationship the royal institution has which will be a part of Johor's legacy.
"The state government is confident that Johoreans of all races and backgrounds will look forward to the KMJ programme for many years to come," said Ghani.