Johor royal expedition ends in Gelang Patah

JOHOR BARU - The state's annual Kembara Mahkota Johor expedition led by Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar ends in Gelang Patah near here after travelling some 1,100km on high-powered motorcycles.

The royal expedition, in its 16th edition, saw 393 members travelling to 10 districts statewide in a four-day convoy.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said in his speech that the event had fostered better relations between the people and the Johor royal family regardless of race and religion.

"The royal expedition shows that the Sultan really cares for his people.

"He also wanted to see for himself the state's socio-economic development as well as the problems and challenges faced by the rakyat," he said.

Khaled hoped more people would take part in next year's event and more programmes that would benefit the people would be introduced.

The Kembara Mahkota 2013's theme is "Tour towards Unity".

Those who took part included Sultan's royal consort Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah, Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail, Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Iskandar and other members of the royal family.

The convoy travelled to Pontian, Batu Pahat, Muar, Ledang, Segamat, Kluang, Mersing, Kota Tinggi and Kulaijaya, before ending in Gelang Patah.