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Johor Sultan Met and Drove Dr Mahathir to Airport in 34-year-old 1st-Gen Proton Saga

After Sultan Muhammad V abruptly resigned last Sunday (Jan 6), Malaysians are eagerly waiting for the next Sultan to take the helm as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Conference of Rulers will convene on Jan 24 to elect the new King. Based on the rotation list, Pahang ruler Sultan Ahmad Shah is expected to hold the Royal stint but the Pahang Sultan is ill. Therefore, it is highly speculated that the Sultan of Johor would succeed Sultan Muhammad V, Malaysiakini reported.

The rumours reached a new height yesterday (Jan 10) after Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad met Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar at his palace, Istana Bukit Serene in Johor Bahru. It was the first time Dr Mahathir visited Sultan Ibrahim as the seventh Prime Minister, the last time he met the Sultan was after he resigned as the premier 20 years ago.

Source: Malay Mail

After the audience with Sultan Ibrahim, Dr Mahathir said the government will continue to maintain a good relationship with the Johor palace. He said both sides have agreed to continue to communicate with each other in a frank and open manner, Malay Mail reported.

“I discussed on the people’s view on Tuanku (Sultan Ibrahim) and he accepted it in a positive manner. We agreed that in the future if there is a problem I can communicate with him.

“We also agreed to be frank and to speak openly. He gives his views and I give my views,” the 93-year-old premier told reporters at Senai International Airport yesterday.

Asked if the subject regarding the election of the next Yang di-Pertuan Agong was raised during the discussion, Dr Mahathir said no.

“The appointment (of Agong) relates to the Council of Rulers and has nothing to do with me.”

The meeting was about 90-minute long and Dr Mahathir said no political issues or matters related to the Johor state administration were brought up.

“Many issues were brought up during the meeting but that is between his highness and me,” CNA quoted him as saying.

After the meeting, Sultan Ibrahim sent Dr Mahathir off to the airport in a first-generation Proton Saga, bearing “Proton 1″ car plate. It is reported that Dr Mahathir gifted the car to Sultan Ibrahim’s late father in 1985 when he was serving as the fourth premier.

Dr Mahathir quipped that 34-year-old car did not breakdown during the 20-minute ride to the airport, adding that it was a “good endorsement” for Proton.

“It’s a manual (car), the clock still works properly, driving was very good, no breakdown … I think it’s a good endorsement of the Proton car, 34 years still functioning. It has done 22,000km.”

22,000km? No wonder it is still working. My car clocked the same kilometre counts in one year.

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