The Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar has been getting all the limelight on social media recently. It's probably because the rakyat (people) love everything that he does and they cannot stop talking about him.
Take yesterday, 14 January, for example. Since news broke out, netizens have been applauding the Sultan's effort in playing host to 16 Non-Muslim religious leaders in his palace.
In the meeting, Sultan Ibrahim said that religious leaders play an important role in keeping the people united, and he urged the leaders to help him create a stronger and better Bangsa Johor
The responsibility of a religious leader is to unite the people and ensure that they harboured mutual respect for one another although from different backgrounds, he said after 16 non-Muslim religious leaders paid a courtesy call on him at the Istana Bukit Serene.
"I do not want to hear of any more racial problems in the state. Every community, such as the Chinese and Indians, are citizens of Johor. We must have mutual respect for one another."
"If you have problems, come and see me. I am here for you," he said at the audience with the leaders."
The religious leaders, led by Johor Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee chairperson Tee Siew Kiong later attended a luncheon with the sultan at the palace.
It's easy to see why so many people adore the Sultan of Johor, like in this video (first uploaded in 2010) that went viral recently where he was seen having a good time participating in an arm-wrestling session
Besides that, the ruler often took time off to have meals with the rakyat. In the last month, he was spotted having meals with the public on three different occasions.
When he recently went shopping at Wetex Parade, Muar, people followed the Sultan wherever he went. Some even took the opportunity to get close and got themselves a selfie with the Sultan.
Just recently, he got Johoreans excited when he parked his famous Optimus Prime Truck for about three hours at the entrance of his palace, allowing the rakyat to get a close look at the rare royal truck
Johoreans in the state capital were treated to the world’s most expensive Mack truck, belonging to the Sultan of Johor.
Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar’s customised Mack truck, believed to cost more than RM1.4 million, was displayed at the entrance to the Istana Bukit Serene for public viewing.
The Mack Super-Liner, in Johor’s blue, white and red colours, was parked below the Mahkota crown arch of the Istana Bukit Serene’s main entrance.
It also sported the royal SI insignia, denoting the state ruler’s initials: Sultan Ibrahim.
The Sultan of Johor is a true leader by example. When he visited the flood victims in Segamat, he spent his time with the families there to talk and comfort them. HRH even cooked fried rice specially for them!
The Sultan of Johor sure knows how to connect with his people. It's no wonder why Malaysians have been referring to him as the 'the people's leader'!