JOHOR BARU: Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar made a splash at the traditional Chingay procession that was held to mark the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Monday, 29 February 2016History made: Sultan Ibrahim hitting the Chinese drum to mark the launching of the Chingay Festival in Johor Baru. With him are Tey (left) and Dr Wee.
The crowd greeted him with an energetic “Daulat Tuanku” as he arrived at the stage set up at Komtar JBCC’s entrance along Jalan Wong Ah Fook here yesterday.
Sultan Ibrahim, who launched the event by sounding a Chinese drum several times, made history as the first Johor Ruler to attend the parade in the state.
He was accompanied by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Johor Baru Tiong-Hua Association president Datuk Seri Tey Kim Chai and MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.The Sultan waved to the people as the procession went by.
He smiled broadly and applauded as the people shouted “heng ah!” (prosperity) and “huat ah!” (good fortune) as elaborately decorated floats passed by.
Sultan Ibrahim had previously attended the event 10 years ago when he was the Tunku Mahkota Johor.
Last night, tens of thousands of people lined along the 10km route of the procession, which was into its 144th edition.
The procession is organised annually by the Johor Ancient Temple where deities from the five main clans in Johor, namely Hakka, Teochew, Hokkien, Cantonese and Fuchou, are taken on a tour on foot to bless the city and its people.
Tey said the procession was a cultural and religious tradition that has been practised here since 1870.
“It also encourages the spirit of unity as it also welcomes people of other races to join in the celebration.”