Sultan of Johor buys 'palace truck'

MELBOURNE Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Ismail has bought the world's most expensive Mack truck, taking official possession of the vehicle on Thursday at a ceremony in Brisbane's central business district, Bernama news agency reported.

The truck has a solid gold ornament on its hood, in the form of a tiger - the animal on the coat of arms of the Johor royal family.

ABC News said the truck has a six-camera closed-circuit television system, two flat-screen television sets, a stone-topped kitchen area, barbecue space, a double bed and seats with 72,000 stitches of gold thread.

Its price was not revealed, but the royal truck smashed the previous record of A$481,000 (S$484,000) for a customised truck, said Bernama.

The manufacturers took a year to build it in south-west Brisbane.

"This is my dream - am I smiling?" Sultan Ibrahim said of his "palace truck".

"I have always appreciated Australia's engineering skills and have collected a few Holden cars over the years," Bernama quoted him as saying.

"I am looking forward to showing its workmanship to the people of Johor as soon as the Super-Liner is shipped over."

The truck, painted in the blue and red colours of the Johor flag, will be used to tow his power boat around the country.

This article was first published on October 17, 2015.
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