13 January 2019
JOHOR BARU – A day after the historic meeting between Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Johoreans hope the get-together will bring more prosperity to the state.
Many hoped the new ties forged between the Johor Ruler and the Prime Minister would help speed up key projects such as the Rapid Transit System (RTS), Double Tracking and Bus Rapid Transit projects to help improve connectivity.
The real estate sector also hoped that the latest development would attract more investors.
A retail manager, who wanted to be known as Wan Abdullah, said pictures of Sultan Ibrahim and Dr Mahathir in the sky-blue first-generation Proton Saga took many people by surprise.
Johor Indian Business Association president P. Sivakumar also hoped that the renewed friendship would help spur more development in Johor.
“We need the infrastructure projects such as the RTS, Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit and even a third link bridge into Singapore to ease congestion at the Causeway and Second Link.
“These projects are needed to ensure we have better connectivity. The government should also put in more effort to improve our relations with Singapore,” he said.
Johor Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (Redha) branch chairman Datuk Steve Chong Yoon On said it was always good when leaders were able to sit down and work together for the benefit of the people.
“We welcome this positive meeting,” he said, hoping that Dr Mahathir would be able to give a “clear signal” to the real estate industry.
Chong said that while local developers were willing to assist the state government build 100,000 affordable homes for those in the B40 category, more needed to be done to help local developers release their bumiputra lots.
“Faster release of the bumi lots will help improve our cash flow,” he said.
Johor Umno treasurer Datuk Md Jais Sarday described the improved relations as good for Johor.
He also hoped that more efforts would be made to improve relations with Singapore.
PETALING JAYA ― Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim today expressed his thanks to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad after the prime minister’s hour-long audience with Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar two days ago.
“Assalamualaikum @chedetofficial. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting Johor to ‘menghadap’ Ayahanda DYMM Tuanku Sultan. I hope we can work together & move forward for the Nation’s betterment. All the best & Wishing you well Sir. Salam Ikhlas, Ismail Ibrahim,” the prince popularly known as TMJ ― the initials standing for Tengku Mahkota Johor ― said on Twitter.
Ties between Dr Mahathir and the Johor palace were chilly during the Kedahan’s first prime ministership between 1981 and 2003 under Barisan Nasional.
Tunku Ismail’s tweet was accompanied by a photo showing Dr Mahathir and Sultan Ibrahim in a first model of the Proton Saga with the registration number “Proton 1, after both concluded their meeting at Istana Bukit Serene in Johor Baru.
Sultan Ibrahim took Dr Mahathir on a 20km journey from Istana Bukit Serene to the Senai International Airport in the Proton Saga that was gifted to Sultan Ibrahim’s late father Sultan Iskandar Sultan Ismail in 1985.
Dr Mahathir has previously stated Putrajaya will continue to maintain a positive relationship with the Johor palace.
– Malay Mail