22 Januari, 2010
[hang nadim] Takziah.... DYMM Sultan Johor Mangkat
Jenazah Almarhum Sultan Iskandar dibawa masuk ke kenderaan di Hospital Pakar Puteri untuk dibawa ke Istana Besar, Johor Bahru, sambil diperhatikan oleh kaum kerabat dan petugas istana, malam tadi. – utusan/Raja Jaafar Raja Ali
Sultan Johor mangkat Semoga Allah cucuri Rahmat keatasnya
JOHOR BAHRU 22 Jan. – Sultan Johor, Sultan Iskandar Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail, mangkat malam ini selepas memerintah Johor hampir tiga dekad.
Baginda berusia 77 tahun.
Almarhum mangkat pada pukul 7.15 malam di Hospital Pakar Puteri di sini selepas dimasukkan ke hospital itu semalam kerana gering.
Kemangkatan baginda diumumkan oleh Menteri Besar Johor, Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman di sini pada pukul 11.20 malam.
Baginda meninggalkan Sultanah Zanariah serta 10 orang putera dan puteri.
Sultan Iskandar, yang diputerakan di Istana Semayam, Johor Bahru pada 8 April 1932, dimasyhurkan sebagai Sultan Johor pada 11 Mei 1981.
Tiga tahun kemudian pada 15 November 1984 baginda dilantik sebagai Yang di-Pertuan Agong kelapan.
Petang ini, putera sulung baginda, Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ibrahim Ismail dimasyhurkan Pemangku Raja dan istiadat mengangkat sumpah diadakan di Istana Besar Johor.
Berita mengenai kegeringan Sultan Iskandar diumumkan oleh Yang Dipertua Jumaah Majlis Diraja Johor, Tunku Osman Tunku Temenggong Ahmad pada pukul 5 petang.
Almarhum merupakan putera ketiga Almarhum Sultan Ismail ibni Sultan Ibrahim dan cicinda kepada Bapa Johor Moden, Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar.
Sultan Iskandar, yang merupakan Sultan Johor keempat dalam sejarah Johor moden, menerima pendidikan awal di Johor Bahru, sebelum melanjutkan pelajaran ke Australia dan United Kingdom.
Baginda yang merupakan Kolonel Yang Dipertua, Rejimen Perkhidmatan Khas Malaysia (Komando), sering kelihatan memakai uniform tentera pada upacara rasmi kerana minatnya dalam bidang ketenteraan.
Sultan Iskandar had his people's welfare at heart
Reports by Shahrum Sayuthi, Ben Tan and Ahmad Fairuz Othman
JOHOR BARU: Sultan of Johor Almutawakkil Al-Allah Sultan Iskandar ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail was born at Istana Semayam in Johor Baru on April 8, 1932.
He was the eldest son of Almarhum Sultan Ismail ibni Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim and Almarhumah Sultanah Ungku Tun Aminah Ungku Paduka Bena Sri Maharaja Utama Ahmad.
Sultan Iskandar received his primary education at the Ngee Heng English Primary School in Johor Baru.
His secondary education was at English College, which is now known as Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar in Johor Baru.
He furthered his studies at the Trinity Grammar School in Australia and then in the United Kingdom.
Upon completing his studies in 1956, Sultan Iskandar returned to Johor and served as a Cadet Officer with the Johor Civil Service.
Sultan Iskandar also received basic military training with the Johor Military Forces founded by his great grandfather Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar in 1885.
He was formally appointed the Tengku Mahkota (Crown Prince) on April 29, 1981. On May 11, 1981, he was proclaimed the fourth Sultan of Johor following his father, Sultan Ismail's demise.
As the sovereign ruler of Johor, Sultan Iskandar was known as a strict and determined royal who at times courted controversy, but also focused much of his attention on resolving the rakyat's problems and in the administration of the state.
As the the head of religion in Johor, Sultan Iskandar had always been in touch with the state religious council as well as senior officials of the religious department such as the head of the department, the chairman of the Islamic Affairs Committee and the Mufti of the state.
In the socio-economic field, he had asked for attention to be given to development and educational projects so as to improve the living standard of his subjects.
As a result, several mega projects were named after him. Among them were Iskandar Malaysia, the massive south Johor development region project, the Sultan Iskandar Complex, a Customs Immigration and Quarantine complex (CIQ) and the world-class Iskandar Johor Open, an Asian Tour golf tournament funded by the Johor state government.
Even when he was the Crown Prince, two school's were named in honour of him, the SMK Tunku Mahmood Iskandar in Parit Saidi, Batu Pahat and SK Tunku Mahmood Iskandar 1 and 2 in Pontian.
Sultan Iskandar is also remembered by Johoreans for his generosity to the Orang Asli people. He took a personal interest in the welfare of the Orang Asli community.
During his younger days, Sultan Iskandar was known as a keen sportsman. He had many hobbies including horse-riding, fast cars, go-karting, race boating, hunting, tennis, golf, boxing, swimming, polo and also boardsailing.
Unknown to many, Sultan Iskandar once won the Johor Grand Prix held for the first time during the 1960s in Johor Baru. As a result of the Johor Grand Prix initiated by Sultan Iskandar, the event became a catalyst to the development of motorsports in Malaysia.
He was also instrumental in promoting polo and boardsailing, the latter being his favourite sport.
Since 1982, boardsailing had been included as one of the activities carried out during the celebration of his birthday.
Sultan Iskandar was appointed the Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 1982, replacing his late father who was the first Chancellor of the university since its establishment.
In 2007, he was presented with the Honorary Master Parachutist Wing by then-Singapore Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean and this was followed by him being conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by the National University of Singapore in the same year.
Sultan Iskandar leaves behind his consort Tunku Zanariah and two sons; Tunku Mahkota Tunku Ibrahim Ismail and Tunku Bendahara Tunku Abdul Majid Idris.
His eight daughters are Tunku Puteri Tunku Kamariah, Tunku Besar Zabedah, Tunku Azizah (the Tunku Puan of Pahang), Tunku Mariam, Tunku Noraini, Tunku Maimunah, Tunku Muna Najiah and Tunku Maserah.