Today, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar is crowned the fifth Sultan of Johor.
Johoreans used the public holiday to join in the coronation joy via live streams of the glittering ceremony. The celebrations are scheduled to stretch up to one month, including visits to all the 10 districts in the state.
In an exclusive interview with The Star, Sultan Ibrahim explains why the coronation is taking place only after over four years.
Q: Tuanku, The Star extends its congratulations to you on your forthcoming coronation. Your Royal Highness, why is the coronation taking place only after more than four years?
A: I felt there was no need to rush. The coronation is not a legal requirement. It is more of a customary requirement, but it is deeply entrenched in tradition.
The Sultan of Johor is confirmed and proclaimed by the Council of the Supporters of the Country on the demise of the late ruler. The oath of the sovereign and the proclamation fulfil the legality of succession.
The coronation may be held at any time the sovereign so desires after the ascension. The coronation is not a legal requirement but a customary tradition to enhance the sovereignty or daulat and majesty of the Ruler.
There was also the refurbishment of the necessary places for the event, including the Istana Besar.
It is also pertinent to note that Sultan Abu Bakar was crowned on July 29, 1886, 23 years after ascending the throne.
It is politically correct to apply the term "coronation" to the Sultan of Johor because Sultan Abu Bakar commissioned a crown for himself in 1886, to be used at the coronation of his successors, making Johor the first state to have a crown. Rulers of other Malay states have an installation ceremony on their ascension.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were welcomed by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin and Johor Royal Council president Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli at around 8.40am, Monday.
The coronation will be the first to take place in Johor in 55 years.
The royal "mahkota" or crown weighs 1.6kg and will be placed on Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar during the ceremony.