Mem­o­rable quotes


JO­HOR Ruler Sul­tan Ibrahim Ibni Al­marhum Sul­tan Iskan­dar is a man who speaks his mind on a lot of is­sues since as­cend­ing his throne in 2010.

Over the years, the Ruler has touched on var­i­ous is­sues both about the hap­pen­ings in the state and also in the coun­try.

Here are some of his quotes touch­ing on so­cial, eco­nomic and political mat­ters:

“No one should politi­cise education and health is­sues. I am wor­ried for the education stan­dards in this coun­try. Please wake up!”

– This was with ref­er­ence to the level of English among the peo­ple that is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing where in his opin­ion, some­thing needs to be done to stop the rot. (‘ Wake up, we need English’ – Dec 28, 2015)

“The peo­ple must ben­e­fit from any form of de­vel­op­ment. There must be spillover ef­fects with the or­di­nary peo­ple be­ing able to open up busi­nesses to serve the peo­ple who have bought homes here. Or­di­nary Jo­hore­ans must see the spillover ef­fects, as I want the peo­ple to ben­e­fit from all th­ese changes.”

– This was with ref­er­ence to the large num­ber of un­planned de­vel­op­ments that were not in the Iskan­dar Mas­ter Plan. ( Ruler is strict when con­fer­ring awards – March 19, 2015)

“I want to travel the world like my an­ces­tors who once trav­elled around in ships.” –

The Sul­tan said this af­ter he re­ceived his new “Gold” Boe­ing 737 air­craft that touched down at the Se­nai In­ter­na­tional Air­port af­ter fly­ing in from the United States. The Sul­tan also hoped to bring the less for­tu­nate to Mecca for their Haj pil­grim­age in his plane. – ( Sul­tan re­ceives his new air­craft – March 1, 2016)

I wish to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank Malaysians, es­pe­cially Jo­hore­ans, from all walks of life, races and re­li­gions who opened up their hearts in pour­ing out their sup­port for my son.

I truly wish to thank them from the bot­tom of my heart. I am deeply touched.

“Even un­til this day, there are peo­ple still vis­it­ing the royal mau­soleum to pay their last re­spects.”

“ – He said in re­la­tion to his son Tunku Ab­dul Jalil who passed away on Dec 5 last year due to can­cer. ( Jo­hor Ruler: I’m above pol­i­tics – Dec 27, 2015)

If one re­ally wants to wear the wing badge all the time, I sug­gest they make the jump first. At least the wing pinned on the chest re­ally has value and is not just a dec­o­ra­tion to com­plete the uni­form.”

“ – The Sul­tan was com­ment­ing that mil­i­tary lead­ers and hon­orary of­fi­cers should not wear mil­i­tary dec­o­ra­tions such as badges and wings all the time, as they were meant to be only worn dur­ing spe­cial oc­ca­sions at the 50th an­niver­sary pa­rade of the Spe­cial Forces Reg­i­ment at the Iskan­dar Camp ( Stay away from pol­i­tics – Aug 26, 2015).

We are all Jo­hore­ans. We must unite re­gard­less of whether we are Malay, Chi­nese or

– The Sul­tan re­fer­ring to his hope to forge a mul­tira­cial so­ci­ety in Jo­hor. ( Sul­tan wants all Jo­horean to unite – April 28, 2015)


“There should be no is­sue with Mus­lims cel­e­brat­ing fes­ti­vals with their friends of other faiths be­cause they would not be fol­low­ing or prac­tis­ing their re­li­gion.”

– This was in ref­er­ence to Mus­lims be­ing told by cer­tain quar­ters on them cel­e­brat­ing other fes­tiv­i­ties. ( Sul­tan: Cel­e­brate our unity – Nov 30, 2015)

“This is what Bangsa Jo­hor is about as it pro­motes close­ness, tol­er­ance and mu­tual re­spect for each other, re­gard­less of race and re­li­gion. We should cel­e­brate in peace and har­mony.” –

The Sul­tan said this dur­ing a Deep­avali gath­er­ing or­gan­ised by the Jo­hor Fed­er­a­tion of In­dian Or­gan­i­sa­tions at Dataran Tasik Kluang. ( Sul­tan: Cel­e­brate our unity – Nov 30, 2015)

It has come to a point that if you throw a stone, it will hit a Datuk and when the stone re­bounds, it will hit an­other Datuk.”

“ – The Sul­tan said this to il­lus­trate the point that Malaysia is in dan­ger of be­com­ing a na­tion with the most num­ber of dec­o­rated peo­ple. ( Don’t be ob­sessed with ti­tles – Jan 24, 2016)

“I can as­sure my sub­jects that as long as I am around, there will be no casino in Jo­hor. In Jo­hor, we do not en­cour­age the is­suance of any gam­bling li­cences and if pos­si­ble I want all the il­le­gal ones to be cleaned up by the po­lice.”

– His Royal High­ness said this on spec­u­la­tions of a casino to be built in Jo­hor. ( Ruler is strict when con­fer­ring awards – March 19, 2015)

“To those who wish to chal­lenge my de­ci­sion, which is the Ikhlas pres­i­dent, where are the names that have been col­lected? I have yet to see even one name. Re­mem­ber, do not put your brains on your knee ( to the ex­tent of en­dan­ger­ing the health of oth­ers for mon­e­tary gain.”

– The Sul­tan com­ment­ing on his firm de­ci­sion to ban the sales of vape in the state. ( Ruler slams vape ban crit­ics – Feb 26, 2016).

“Jo­hor is unique and that is why I want all my sub­jects, re­gard­less of race, to be rep­re­sented in the state govern­ment. On the eco­nomic front, I am aware of the var­i­ous chal­lenges since last year but I be­lieve that we will be able to face the nu­mer­ous chal­lenges ahead as one na­tion and 1Malaysia.”

– The Sul­tan com­ment­ing that unity would help drive Jo­hor to achieve bet­ter econ­omy. ( Sul­tan Jo­hor Speaks his mind – March 18, 2015)

“I am not a pup­pet in Jo­hor. I have the right to call my men­tri be­sar to ( ad­vise) him at any time and oth­ers in my govern­ment as well. I am

sul­tan Ibrahim Ibni Al­marhum sul­tan Iskan­dar is a man who speaks his mind on a lot of is­sues since as­cend­ing his throne in 2010.

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