JOHOR BARU: Johoreans will be able to catch a glimpse of the much-talked about Mack trucks belonging to Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar as the Johor Ruler takes them for a spin around the state in the 19th edition of Kembara Mahkota Johor.
Not one but three of the Sultan’s shiny new monster trucks are part of the annual convoy, traversing all 10 districts in Johor along with two buses, 35 Harley Davidson super bikes and 10 four-wheel drives this year.
Thousands thronged Dataran Bandaraya Johor Baru as early as 7am yesterday for the flag-off as well as to participate in a carnival in conjunction with the royal expedition.
Sultan Ibrahim, accompanied by his consort Johor Permaisuri Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah and their children Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Iskandar, Tunku Panglima Johor Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tunku Putera Johor Tunku Abu Bakar, arrived at the square at about 8am.
The royal family enjoyed breakfast together with Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin, state leaders and members of the public before taking off in the expedition.
Sultan Ibrahim honked and waved at his subjects as he left the square at about 9am with the other two Mack trucks following behind.
For administrative assistant Fazilah Samad, 42, joining the festivities had become a tradition.
“The children woke up early too as they were excited to meet the royal family and check out the Sultan’s Mack trucks, which they likened to Transformers,” said Fazilah, whose children are five-month-old, 10 and 12 years old.
Young Malaysians Movement vice-president Lim Kian Soon, 39, said the people looked forward to the annual convoy, as Johoreans could meet their Sultan up close and personal.
It was also a great opportunity for local leaders to foster better relationship with the community through various activities and programmes, he added.
The convoy will make its first stop at the Kulai Municipal Council stalls before dropping by Felda Inas in the district and is expected to end the first day of the expedition at Taman Wawasan, Mersing.
Sultan Ibrahim will cover a 842km route through 10 districts in the next four days and it is expected to end at the Eastern Dispersal Link Highway (EDL) Pandan Rest and Recreation Area here on May 17.