The most anticipated annual event by Johorians is the Kembara Mahkota Johor (KMJ) which rolled out in style this year with a parade of 10 units of Morgan vintage three-wheeler cars as the chosen mode of transportation by His Majesty Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim and the royal family.
The 20th edition of KMJ covered 808km route across 10 districts in Johor despite the wet weather across Johor Bahru, Pasir Gudang, Kota Tinggi, Mersing, Kluang, Batu Pahat, Segamat, Tangkak, Muar, and ending the trip in Kulai.
The trip took four days and flagged off at Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru which pulled a massive crowd as early as 7am to witness the departure of His Majesty alongside Her Majesty Raja Zarith Sofiah, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, Che Puan Khaleeda Bustamam, newlyweds Tunku Tun Aminah and Dennis Muhammad, Tunku Idris, Tunku Abdul Rahman, and Tunku Abu Bakar.
Johor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin before flagging off said that KMJ has successfully broken the feudal wall which is also a testament that there are no boundaries between the Sultan and the rakyat since it was first introduced 17 years ago.
A 29-year-old Shahril Sali alongside his wife and child arrived at the square early morning and were excited to join among the crowds as his family has been following the Kembara since 2014.
“I love to see the uniqueness this year when His Majesty decided to drive a vintage car. It is also adorable to see the Sultan and his Queen driving together as we rarely see that in our daily lives,” continued Shahril.