Modern Muar

Declaration of Royal Town


2010 – 25th Sultan of Johor and the 5th Sultan of modern Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ismail ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj

Coronation 23 March 2015 - Bangsa Johor

Sultan Ibrahim declares Bandar Maharani as Johor’s first royal town Sultan Ibrahim became the first Johor Ruler to celebrate his birthday celebration in Muar on 22 November 2012 as it is his beloved town. He picks the town because it is "rich in history and tradition besides being peaceful, beautiful and progressive". He wanted the state government to gazette all the old buildings in the town as a state heritage. He also wants the local authorities to preserve the cleaniness of Sungai Muar which could be done by relocating the bus and taxi terminals elsewhere.

He was crowned as the Sultan of Johor on 23 March 2015. The last coronation was that of his grandfather Sultan Ismail on 10 February 1960. From 2015 onwards, 23 March is made an annual state public holiday as the Sultan's official birthday, replacing the public holiday on 22 November, the Sultan's actual birthday.