Johor Sultan to drive monster truck 'Big Mack' on state expedition

Sultan Ibrahim taking a group photo with his Mack truck in Danga Bay.
Sultan Ibrahim taking a group photo with his Mack truck in Danga Bay.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar will be behind the wheels of his mega Mack truck for the upcoming Kembara Mahkota Johor statewide expedition.

The monster truck is touted to be the most expensive of its kind in the world. The Johor ruler will be joined by the Johor Truck Club during the event.

Sultan Ibrahim will also be accompanied by his family when they visit each district in the state to get to know his subjects.

"Driving this truck is no different from other vehicles and I am satisfied that this monster suits me,'' he said after a test drive from Istana Pasir Pelangi to a restaurant in Danga Bay for lunch on Sunday (Jan 10).

Besides helping him connect with his people, he said the truck would make Johor an international brand as it has made world news.

The huge truck, believed to have cost over RM1.4 million (S$460,000), created a buzz on social media after a 47-second video of it was posted on Facebook on Jan 6.

Technician Jamaluddin Bachok, 33, who was impressed with the truck, said he was surprised to see it at the parking lot.

"I was alerted by my two excited sons while we were on our way from Pontian to Johor Baru," he said.

 

"I am proud to have Sultan Ibrahim as the Johor ruler because he is people-oriented,'' he added.

The Super-Liner reportedly took a year to build at the manufacturer's Wacol headquarters, southwest of Brisbane.

It houses some fancy gadgets, including a six-camera CCTV system, two flat screen TVs, a stone-topped kitchen area, a barbecue, a double bed and seats with 72,000 stitches of gold thread.