Sultan of Johor buys 'palace truck'

A file photo of Sultan Ibrahim Ismail in a luxury bus.
A file photo of Sultan Ibrahim Ismail in a luxury bus.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

MELBOURNE • Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Ismail has bought the world's most expensive Mack truck, taking official possession of the vehicle on Thursday at a ceremony in Brisbane's central business district, Bernama news agency reported.

The truck has a solid gold ornament on its hood, in the form of a tiger - the animal on the coat of arms of the Johor royal family.

ABC News said the truck has a six-camera closed-circuit television system, two flat-screen television sets, a stone-topped kitchen area, barbecue space, a double bed and seats with 72,000 stitches of gold thread.

Its price was not revealed, but the royal truck smashed the previous record of A$481,000 (S$484,000) for a customised truck, said Bernama. The manufacturers took a year to build it in south-west Brisbane.

"This is my dream - am I smiling?" Sultan Ibrahim said of his "palace truck".

"I have always appreciated Australia's engineering skills and have collected a few Holden cars over the years," Bernama quoted him as saying. "I am looking forward to showing its workmanship to the people of Johor as soon as the Super-Liner is shipped over."

The truck, painted in the blue and red colours of the Johor flag, will be used to tow his power boat around the country.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2015, with the headline 'Sultan of Johor buys 'palace truck''. Subscribe