Sultan of Johor's birthday celebrations to begin tomorrow


JOHOR BARU: Several events will be held in conjunction with the birthday of the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar which falls on Thursday, beginning tomorrow until April 27.

State Health, Environment, Education and Information Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said the celebrations would kick off with a symbolic ceremony held at the Istana Besar Memorial Monument here at 8am tomorrow.

"This will be followed by a thanks-giving prayer ceremony, levee ceremony, and an audience with the Sultan at 8.30 am, at Istana Besar on Thursday.

"The Pledge of Allegiance ceremony is also scheduled to be held simultaneously in all the 10 districts in the state, at 8am, the same day," he said in a statement here today.

Ayub said in the evening, a high-tea would be held at Dataran Majlis Bandaraya Johor Baru (MBJB) here, from 2.30pm to 6.30pm, open to all members of the public.

According to Ayub, Sultan Ibrahim and the Johor royal family are also scheduled to attend the high-tea.

He said the celebrations would continue with the 'Payung Mahkota' concert at Dataran MBJB at 8pm this Saturday (March 25) featuring several local artistes including Hafiz Suip, Syura and Haziq Rosebi.

A state banquet at Dewan Jubli Intan Sultan Ibrahim in Muar will then be held on April 2, while the Conference of Islamic Scholars will take place at Persada Johor International Convention Centre on April 27, he said.

"Therefore, the public, especially residents of Johor are invited to the ceremonies such as the high-tea and Payung Mahkota concert, besides participating in other programmes organised by various agencies in each district," he said. -- BERNAMA