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Johor Darul Ta'zim
جوهر دارالتّعظيم
Negeri dan Jajahan Takluk Johor Darul Takzim
Other transcription(s)
 • Malay Johor
 • Jawi جوهر
 • Chinese 柔佛
 • Tamil ஜொகூர்
Flag of Johor
Coat of arms of Johor
Coat of arms
Motto(s): Kepada Allah Berserah
كڤد الله برسره
(To Allah We Surrender)
Anthem: Lagu Bangsa Johor
لاڬو بڠسا جوهر
(Johor State Anthem)

   Johor in    Malaysia
   Johor in    Malaysia
Coordinates: 1°29′14″N 103°46′52″E / 1.48722°N 103.78111°E / 1.48722; 103.78111Coordinates: 1°29′14″N 103°46′52″E / 1.48722°N 103.78111°E / 1.48722; 103.78111
Capital Johor Bahru[a]
Royal capital Muar
 • Sultan Sultan Ibrahim Ismail
 • Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin (UMNO)
 • Total 19,210 km2 (7,420 sq mi)
Population (2017 [2])[3]
 • Total 3,554,000 (3rd)
 • Density 174/km2 (450/sq mi)
 • Demonym Johorean / Johorian
Human Development Index
 • HDI (2010) 0.798 (high) (6th)
Postal code 79xxx to 86xxx
Calling code 07[b]
06 (Muar and Tangkak)
ISO 3166 code MY-01
Vehicle registration J
De jure 810
Johor Sultanate 1528
Anglo–Johor Treaty 1885
Johor State Constitution 14 April 1895
British protectorate 1914
Japanese occupation 31 January 1942
Accession into the Federation of Malaya 1948
Independence as part of the Federation of Malaya 31 August 1957
^[a] Kota Iskandar is a state administrative centre
^[b] Except Muar and Tangkak

Johor (/əˈhɔːr, ˌ-/[4][5][6]) or Johore is a Malaysian state, located in the southern portion of Peninsular Malaysia. The state capital city of Johor is Johor Bahru. The royal city of the state is Muar and the old state capital is Johor Lama.

Johor is surrounded by Pahang to the north, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan to the northwest, and the Straits of Johor to the south, which separates Johor and the Republic of Singapore. The state also shares a maritime border with the Riau Archipelago from the east and Riau mainland on the west by the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca respectively, both of Indonesian territories.

Johor is also known by its Arabic honorific, Darul Ta'zim, or "Abode of Dignity", and as Johore in English.


The name "Johor" originated from Arabic جَوْهَر : jauhar, itself borrowed from Persian گوهر : gauhar, meaning 'precious stone/jewel'.[7][8] Malays tend to name a place after natural objects in great abundance or having visual dominance. Before the name Johor was adopted, the area south of the Muar River to Singapore island was known as Ujong Tanah or 'land's end' in Malay, due to its location at the end of the Malay Peninsula. Coincidentally, Johor is the most southern point of the Asian continental mainland.[9]


In the early 16th century, the Sultanate of Johor was founded by the Alauddin Riayat Shah II, the son of Mahmud Shah, the last Sultan of Melaka who fled from the invading Portuguese in Melaka. Johor sultanate was one of the two successor states of the Melaka empire. On Malacca's defeat by the Portuguese in 1511, Alauddin Riayat Shah II established a monarchy in Johor, which posed a threat to the Portuguese. The Sultanate of Perak—established by Mahmud Shah's other son, Muzaffar Shah I—was the other successor state of Malacca. During Johor's peak, the whole of Pahang, present day Indonesian territories of the Riau archipelago, and part of Sumatra Island was under Johor's rule.[10]

A series of succession struggles were interspersed with strategic alliances struck with regional clans and foreign powers, which maintained Johor's political and economic hold in the Straits. In competition with the Acehnese of northern Sumatra and the port-kingdom of Melaka under Portuguese rule, Johor engaged in prolonged warfare with their rivals, often striking alliances with friendly Malay states and with the Dutch.[citation needed] In 1641, Johor in co-operation with the Dutch succeeded in capturing Melaka. By 1660, Johor had become a flourishing entrepôt, although weakening and splintering of the empire in the late seventeenth and eighteenth century reduced its sovereignty.[citation needed]

In the 18th century, the Bugis of Sulawesi and the Minangkabau of Sumatra controlled the political powers in the Johor-Riau Empire.[citation needed] However, in the early 19th century, Malay and Bugis rivalry commanded the scene. In 1819, the Johor-Riau Empire was divided up between the British and the Dutch into the mainland Johor, controlled at first by the Sultan of Johor and then later his Temenggong, and the Sultanate of Riau-Lingga, controlled by the Bugis.[citation needed] In 1855, under the terms of a treaty between the British in Singapore and Sultan Ali of Johor, control of the state was formally ceded to Dato' Temenggong Daing Ibrahim, with the exception of the Kesang area (Muar), which was handed over in 1877. Temenggong Ibrahim opened up Bandar Tanjung Puteri (later to become Johor's present-day capital) in south Johor as a major town.[citation needed]

Flag of Johor. The colour blue represents the State Government, the colour red for warriors defending the state, the white crescent and 5-sided star represent the monarchy and Islam.

Temenggong Ibrahim was succeeded by his son, Dato' Temenggong Abu Bakar, who later took the title Seri Maharaja Johor by Queen Victoria of England. In 1886, he was formally crowned the Sultan of Johor, thus usurping the original line of Sultans of Johor descended from the Sultanate of Melaka. Sultan Abu Bakar of Johor (1864–1895) implemented a state constitution, developed a British-style administration and constructed the Istana Besar, the official residence of the Sultan. For his achievements, Sultan Abu Bakar is known by the title "Father of Modern Johor".[citation needed] The increased demand for black pepper and gambier in the nineteenth century lead to the opening up of farmlands to the influx of Chinese immigrants, which created Johor's initial economic base.[11][12] The Kangchu system was put in place with the first settlement of Kangkar Tebrau established in 1844.[13] The decline of the Kangchu economy at the end of the 19th century coincided with the opening of the railway line connecting Johor Bahru and the Federated Malay States in 1909 and the emergence of rubber plantations throughout the state.[14] Under the British Resident system, Sultan Ibrahim, Sultan Abu Bakar's successor, was forced to accept a British adviser in 1904. D.G. Campbell was dispatched as the first British adviser to Johor. From the 1910s to the 1940s, Johor emerged as Malaya's top rubber producing state, a position it has held until recently.[citation needed] Johor was also until recently the largest oil palm producer in Malaysia.[citation needed]

During World War II, Johor Bahru became the last city on the Malay peninsula to fall to the Japanese. Allied Forces, Australian, Malayan and Indian forces held out for four days in what was known as the Battle of Gemas,[15] the General Yamashita Tomoyuki had his headquarters on top of Bukit Serene and coordinated the downfall of Singapore.

Johor gave birth to the Malay opposition that derailed the Malayan Union plan. Malays under Dato' Onn Jaafar's leadership formed the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in Johor on 11 May 1946. (UMNO is currently the main component party of Malaysia's ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.) In 1948, Johor joined the Federation of Malaya, which gained Independence in 1957.

Population and demographics

Johor Bahru, the capital of Johor.

Johor is Malaysia's third-most populous state with the nation's 3rd largest conurbation, the Iskandar Malaysia. Johor's geographical position in the southern of Peninsular Malaysia contributed to the state's rapid development as Malaysia's transportation and industrial hub. This creates jobs and attracted migrants from other states as well as overseas, especially from Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and China.

Sub divisions of Johor[16]

Rank Flag Districts Seat Population 2016
1 Flag of Johor Bahru, Johor.svg Johor Bahru Johor Bahru 1,334,188
2 Flag of Batu Pahat, Johor.svg Batu Pahat Batu Pahat 401,902
3 Flag of Kluang, Johor.svg Kluang Kluang 288,364
4 Flag of Kulai, Johor.svg Kulai Kulai 245,294
5 Flag of Muar, Johor.svg Muar Muar 239,027
6 Flag of Kota Tinggi, Johor.svg Kota Tinggi Kota Tinggi 193,210
7 Flag of Segamat, Johor.svg Segamat Segamat 182,985
8 Flag of Pontian, Johor.svg Pontian Pontian Kechil 149,938
9 Flag of Tangkak, Johor.svg Tangkak Tangkak 131,890
10 Flag of Mersing, Johor.svg Mersing Mersing 69,028

Johor has the second-largest population in Malaysia at 3,230,440 as of 2010,[17] which increased to 3,601,690 in 2016.[3]

Ethnic breakdown

The following is based on Department of Statistics Malaysia 2015 figures.[3]

Ethnic groups in Johor, 2015
Ethnicity Population Percentage
Bumiputera 1,954,010 55.0%
Chinese 1,075,100 30.3%
Indian 230,700 6.5%
Others 16,900 0.5%
Non- Malaysian 276,900 7.8%


Religion in Johor – 2010 Census[18]
religion percent
Unknown / None
Chinese Ethnic Religion
No Religion

As of 2010, the population of Johor is 58.2% Muslim, 29.6% Buddhist, 6.6% Hindu, 3.3% Christian, 1.2% follower of other religions or unknown affiliations, 0.8% Taoist or Chinese religion adherent, and 0.3% non-religious.[18]

The state religion of Johor being Islam was one of the stipulations in 1946 put on Malaya by Johor.[19]

Statistics from the 2010 Census indicate that 89.8% of the Chinese population in Johor identify as Buddhists, with significant minorities of adherents identifying as Christians (6.8%), Chinese folk religions (2.1%) and Muslims (0.4%). The majority of the Indian population identify as Hindus (87.9%), with a significant minorities of numbers identifying as Christians (4.05%), Muslims (3.83%), and Buddhists (3.05%). The non-Malay bumiputera community are predominantly Christians (42.3%), with significant minorities identifying as Muslims (25.3%) and Buddhists (13.7%). All Malay bumiputera are Muslims.[20]


The Johorean Malay, also known as Johor-Riau Malay and originally spoken in Johor, Riau, Melaka, Selangor and Singapore, has been adopted as the basis for both the Malaysian and Indonesian national languages, Malaysian and Indonesian, respectively. Due to Johor's location at the confluence of trade routes within Maritime Southeast Asia, as well as the former economic might and influence of Melaka and Johor, the dialect spread as the region's lingua franca since the 15th century; hence the adoption of the dialect as the basis for the national languages of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Several related languages are also spoken in the state such as Orang Seletar (spoken along the Straits of Johor as well as in northern Singapore), Orang Kanaq (spoken in small parts of southeastern Johor), Jakun (mostly inland parts of Johor), Temuan (near the border with Pahang and Negeri Sembilan) and Orang Kuala (at the northwest coast of Johor). Terengganu Malay, a distinct variant of Malay are spoken in the district of Mersing near the border with Rompin, Pahang.


Panti Forest in Kota Tinggi District.

Johor is the fifth largest state in Malaysia by land area, with a total land area of 19,210 km2 (7,420 sq mi).[1] It is the southernmost state in Peninsular Malaysia, and is located between the 1°20"N and 2°35"N latitudes. The highest point in Johor is Mount Ophir (1276 m). Johor also has a total length of 400 km coastline on its east, south and western sides.

Johor has 8 large islands with numerous smaller ones, namely Pulau Aur, Pulau Besar, Pulau Dayang, Pulau Lima, Pulau Pemanggil, Pulau Rawa, Pulau Sibu, Pulau Tengah and Pulau Tinggi.

Main rivers in Johor are Batu Pahat River, Endau River, Johor River, Kesang River, Mengkibol River, Mersing River, Muar River, Pelentong River, Pulai River, Sarang Buaya River, Sedili Besar River, Segamat River, Segget River, Skudai River and Tebrau River.


Johor has a tropical rainforest climate with monsoon rain from November until February blowing from the South China Sea. The average annual rainfall is 1778 mm with average temperatures ranging between 25.5 °C (78 °F) and 27.8 °C (82 °F). Humidity is between 82 and 86%.[21]

On 19 December 2006, a continuous heavy downpour occurred in Johor, which led to the 2006-2007 Malaysian floods. Many towns such as Muar, Kota Tinggi and Segamat were seriously flooded with water levels as high as 10 feet (3.0 m) above ground level recorded in some areas. 15 lives were lost and many possessions destroyed, and this resulted in huge financial losses in Johor. More than 100,000 victims were evacuated to flood relief centres.[22]

Government and politics

Royal Palace of Sultan of Johor
Johor Chief Minister's Office


Johor is a constitutional monarchy. Johor was the first state in Malaysia to adopt the constitutional monarchy system via Undang-undang Tubuh Negeri Johor (Johor State Constitution) written by Sultan Abu Bakar. The constitutional head of Johor is the Sultan. This hereditary position can only be held by a member of the Johor Royal Family, who is descended from Sultan Abu Bakar. Until 2010 the State's Sultan since 1981 had been Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj. He died 22 January 2010. Tunku Ibrahim Ismail Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar was proclaimed as the new Sultan of Johor on 23 January 2010.[citation needed]

Johor was the first state and currently the only state in Malaysia that has its own military force called the Royal Johor Military Force or 'Timbalan Setia Negeri'. It is a private army of the Sultan of Johor located at Johor Bahru City.[23]

State government

The state government is headed by a Chief Minister. The current Chief Minister is Dato' Mohamed Khaled Nordin of United Malays National Organisation. The Chief Minister is assisted by 10 members executive council (exco), whose members are selected from the state assembly members.

The legislative branch of Johor's government is the Johor State Legislative Assembly. The state assembly makes laws in matters regarding the state. Members of the Assembly are elected by citizens every five years by universal suffrage.

Johor is divided into ten districts, 103 mukims and 16 local governments.[24]


Name Population[25] Area (km²) Capital Note Local Authorities
Districts and local authorities in Johor
Johor Bahru 1,386,569 1,817.8 Johor Bahru Johor Bahru City is the seat of Johor Bahru District and also the capital of Johor. Johor Bahru City Council
Iskandar Puteri City Council
Pasir Gudang Municipal Council
Kulai 251,560 753 Kulai Kulai district, originally the sub-district of Johor Bahru, was detached in 2008 as Kulaijaya. Later in December 2015, the district was renamed as Kulai district by the Sultan of Johor. Senai International Airport is located in the district. Kulai Municipal Council
Batu Pahat 417,458 1,878 Batu Pahat Batu Pahat town is the second largest city in Johor. Ayer Hitam which is also known for its ceramic art. Yong Peng and Sri Gading are other major towns in the district. Batu Pahat Municipal Council
Yong Peng District Council
Kluang 298,332 2,851 Kluang Kluang town is located in the heart of the state. Simpang Renggam located south of the Kluang also belong to the district. Kluang Municipal Council
Simpang Renggam District Council
Kota Tinggi 193,210 3,488 Kota Tinggi Kota Tinggi was once the rowal town of Johor sultanate and the sultanate many relocations also established dozens of royal town including the Johor Lama, Sayong Pinang, etc. in the Johor River area. Kota Tinggi District Council
Pengerang Local Authority
Tangkak 136,852 970 Tangkak Tangkak district, originally the sub-district of Muar, was detached as Ledang. Later in December 2015, the district was renamed as Tangkak district by the Sultan of Johor. The district has the highest point in Johor - Gunung Ledang. Tangkak District Council
Mersing 70,894 2,838 Mersing Mersing is the main fishing port of Johor, faces the South China Sea and consists of many islands. Mersing District Council
Muar 247,957 1,376 Bandar Maharani (Muar) Muar town also known as 'Fragrance Town' (Bandar Maharani), and on February 5, 2012, the Sultan of Johor declared Muar as 'Royal Town'. Muar Municipal Council
Pontian 155,541 907 Pontian Kechil The Tanjung Piai in the district is the southernmost point of the Asian continent. Pekan Nanas is also located in the district. Pontian District Council
Segamat 189,820 2,851 Segamat Labis and Bekok are the other major town in the district. Segamat Municipal Council
Labis District Council


Tebrau III Industrial Area

As of 2017, the GDP of Johor was RM104.4 billion, the third biggest state economy in Malaysia after Selangor and Sarawak. In 2016, the economic growth of Johor was 5.7%.[26] In 2015, major sectors contributing to Johor GDP were service (41.0%), manufacturing (30.7%), agriculture (14.9%), construction (5.8%) and mining (0.4%).[27]


In 2013-2016, there was a total amount of MYR93 billion worth of investment in the manufacturing sectors in the state.[28]

Iskandar Malaysia

The Iskandar, Johor (also known as Iskandar Development Region and South Johor Economic Region), encompassing Johor Bahru, Johor Bahru Tengah, Kulai, Pasir Gudang, Iskandar Puteri which is a major development zone in Johor with an area of 2,215 km² and Pontian (South).


Johor has several institutions of higher learning. It has three public universities, namely Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) situated in Skudai, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) in Parit Raja, Universiti Teknologi MARA Johor (UiTM) in Jementah and UiTM City Campus in Johor Bahru and several polytechnics as an example Politeknik Ibrahim Sultan and Politeknik Mersing Johor. Johor also has two teaching colleges called IPG Kampus Temenggong Ibrahim in Johor Bahru and IPG Kampus Tun Hussien Onn in Batu Pahat. It has one non-profit community college called Southern University College situated in Skudai.[29]

Johor Education Foundation (Yayasan Pelajaran Johor) also establish tertiary education opportunity in Johor State. It offers studies from various field such as engineering, business, economics & hospitality for all Malaysian as well as qualified students from anywhere around the world. Currently, YPJ Education group is managing a 100-acre education complex in Kota Tinggi District as well as technical colleges in Ledang, Batu Pahat, Kluang and Kota Tinggi District.

The English College Johore Bahru, also known as Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar, abbreviated as English College, EC, MSAB, The College, and sometimes dubbed "The Pride of Johore", is among one of the premier historic schools in Malaysia.

As of 30 June 2008, there are 243 secondary schools in Johor educating 277,059 students.[30] The total number of teachers in Johor at that time was 18212, which provided a teacher-student ratio of 15.21.

Public universities

Official Name in Malay Name in English Acronym Location
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia Tun Hussein Onn University of Malaysia UTHM Parit Raja
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia University of Technology, Malaysia UTM Skudai
Universiti Teknologi MARA MARA Technology University UiTM Segamat and Pasir Gudang

Private universities and university colleges

Official Name in Malay Name in English Acronym Website Location
Kolej Olympia Olympia College [2] Johor Bahru
Kolej Universiti Southern Southern University College SUC [3] Skudai
Universiti Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur University UniKL [4] Masai
Institut Sains & Teknologi Darul Takzim University Affiliated College INSTEDT [5] Kota Tinggi
Politeknik Ibrahim Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Polytechnic PIS [6] Johor Bahru
Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar English College Johore Bahru EC [7] Johor Bahru
Institut Teknologi Perindustrian YPJ Institute of Industrial Technology YPJ [8] Johor Bahru
Kolej Aman Aman College [9] Batu Pahat
Kolej I-Systems I-Systems College INFORMATICS [10] Johor Bahru
Kolej Yayasan Pelajaran Johor YPJ College KYPJ [11] Kota Tinggi
Kolej Internasional Crescendo Crescendo International College CRESC [12] Ulu Tiram
Kolej Metropoint Metropoint College [13] Johor Bahru
Kolej Reliance Reliance College Johor Bahru
Kolej SAL SAL Group of Colleges SAL [14] Johor Bahru
Kolej Sunway Johor Bahru Sunway College Johor Bahru SUNWAY [15] Johor Bahru
Kolej Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman Tunku Abdul Rahman University College TARC [16] Labis
Universiti Perubatan Antarabangsa International Medical University IMU [17] Batu Pahat
Kolej Universiti Sains Kesihatan Masterskill Masterskill University College of Health Sciences MUCH [18] Masai
Institut Latihan Perindustrian (ILP) Pasir Gudang Pasir Gudang Industrial Training Institute ILPPG [19] Pasir Gudang
Universiti Perubatan Newcastle Malaysia Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia NUMM [20] Iskandar Puteri
Universiti Southampton Kampus Malaysia University of Southampton Malaysia Campus USMC [21] Iskandar Puteri
Universiti Raffles Iskandar Raffles University Iskandar, Malaysia RUI [22] Johor Bahru


Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital

There are public hospitals and private hospitals in Johor:

Public Hospitals

Private Hospitals

  • Hospital Penawar, Pasir Gudang
  • Hospital Pakar Johor, Johor Bahru
  • Hospital Pakar Regency, Masai
  • Pantai Hospital Batu Pahat
  • Putra Specialist Hospital Batu Pahat
  • KPJ Specialist Hospital Muar
  • Hospital Pakar Abdul Samad
  • Columbia Asia
  • Gleanagles
  • KPJ Specialist Hospital Pasir Gudang

Transportation hubs


Johor has one international airport, the Senai International Airport in Kulai District. It was opened on 6 June 1974 and has been expanded several times since. Currently, it has a 5-million passenger capacity, with a parallel taxiway under construction. The airport is a regional hub of AirAsia group, a regional low-cost no-frills airline. Malaysia Airlines and Firefly also operate flights from Senai International Airport to some local destinations.

It also houses the Kluang Airport and Mersing Airport in Kluang District and Mersing District respectively.

Ports and harbours

Johor has three ports, the Johor Port, the Port of Tanjung Pelepas and the Tanjung Langsat Port. Ferry harbours and jetties in the state are Bandar Maharani Bandar DiRaja Ferry Terminal, Johor Lama Village Jetty, Kukup International Ferry Terminal, Mersing Johor Sea Department Passenger Jetty, Minyak Beku Ferry Terminal, Puteri Harbour International Ferry Terminal, Tanjung Emas Jetty and Tanjung Leman Tunjuk Laut Jetty Terminal.


Johor is linked to the other states and federal territories in western coast of Peninsular Malaysia via the North–South Expressway and in eastern coast of the peninsular via the Malaysia Federal Route 3.

Public bus service

Paid public buses in Johor connect Larkin Sentral and Johor Bahru Sentral Bus Terminals in Johor Bahru City to other towns in Johor Bahru District as well as towns in Batu Pahat District, Kota Tinggi District, Kulai District and Pontian District.[31] Free public buses for locals named Muafakat Bus operate in Johor Bahru City, Iskandar Puteri, Pasir Gudang and Kulai Town.[32] TransJohor buses serve destinations between districts in the state.[33]

Links to Singapore

Johor is linked to Singapore via two road connections over the Straits of Johor: the Johor–Singapore Causeway and the Malaysia–Singapore Second Link. Opened in 1923, the Johor–Singapore Causeway spans over a length of around 1 km linking Johor Bahru City and Woodlands in Singapore. It also carries a railway line, linking Singapore, Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand. Opened in 1998, the Malaysia–Singapore Second Link spans over a length of around 2 km linking Tanjung Kupang and Tuas in Singapore.



Media Prima

Television in Johor consists of seven free-to-air stations. The TV stations are transmitted from Gunung Ledang, Johor (for North Johor area), Gunung Pulai, Johor (for Central and South Johor area) and Bukit Tinggi, Johor (for East Johor; TV1 and TV2 only).Three of the seven free-to-air stations are managed by Radio Televisyen Malaysia, a federal government-owned media company headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, while the four commercial stations are owned by Media Prima, an integrated media company headquartered in Bandar Utama, Selangor. In addition, Singapore TV channels transmitted from Bukit Batok—like MediaCorp Channel 5, MediaCorp Channel 8, MediaCorp Suria (South Johor only), MediaCorp Vasantham, MediaCorp Channel U (South Johor only), Okto and Channel News Asia—can be received in Central and South Johor.

Cable television
Satellite television


Radio stations in Johor are available in the FM frequency and transmitted from Mount Ledang (for North Johor area), Mount Pulai (for Central and South Johor area) and Bukit Tinggi (for East Johor). Singapore radio stations like 883JiaFM (88.3 MHz), BBC World Service (88.9 MHz), Ria 89.7FM (89.7 MHz), Gold 90.5FM (90.5 MHz), One FM 91.3/Radio 91.3 (91.3 MHz), Kiss 92FM (92.0 MHz), Symphony 92.4FM (92.4 MHz), Y.E.S. 93.3FM (93.3 MHz), 938LIVE (93.8 MHz), Warna 94.2FM (94.2 MHz), Class 95FM (95.0 MHz), Capital 95.8FM (95.8 MHz), XFM 96.3 (96.3 MHz), Oli 96.8FM (96.8 MHz), Love 97.2FM (97.2 MHz), Power98FM (98.0 MHz), 987FM (98.7 MHz), Lush 99.5FM (99.5 MHz) and UFM 1003 (100.3 MHz; South Johor only) can be received in Central and South Johor (Batu Pahat, Kluang, Pontian, Kota Tinggi, Kulai and Johor Bahru).


Mainstream newspapers in Johor are:


In 2016, the total tourist arrivals in the state was 10 million visitors, with 7.4 million visitors from Malaysia and 2.6 million visitors from outside Malaysia.[34]

Theme parks

Theme parks and amusement parks in the state are Danga Bay, Legoland Malaysia Resort and Tropical Village.

Museums and galleries

Museums in the state are Bugis Museum, Figure Museum, Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum, Kite Museum, KTM Museum, Kota Johor Lama Museum, Kota Tinggi Museum, Pineapple Museum and Tanjung Balau Fishermen Museum and gallery in the state is Johor Art Gallery.


Johor houses many national parks, mountains, jungles and waterfalls. Johor currently has five national parks, with a combined area of more than 700 km² and several smaller recreational forest. Almost all recreational parks are based around a mountain. Johor also has the third-largest mangrove forest reserve in Peninsular Malaysia (167 km²). Notable national parks are Endau-Rompin National Park and Tanjung Piai National Park. Notable mountains are Mount Banang, Mount Belumut, Mount Lambak, Mount Ma'okil, Mount Ophir and Mount Pulai. Famous waterfall in the state is Kota Tinggi Waterfalls. Zoo in Johor is the Johor Zoo.

Islands and beaches

Notable tourist islands in the state are Aur Island, Besar Island, Kukup Island, Pemanggil Island, Rawa Island, Sibu Island and Tinggi Island. Major beach resort is Desaru.

Monuments and mausoleums

Notable monuments and mausoleums in the state are Mahmoodiah Royal Mausoleum and Sultan Mahmud Mangkat Di Julang Mausoleum.

Places of worships

Notable places of worships in the state are Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple, Kota Iskandar Mosque, Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, Sultan Ibrahim Jamek Mosque and Sultan Iskandar Mosque. This also includes notable building such as Fortune Dragon.


Malay Cultural Village

The culture of Johor is influenced by visitors and traders throughout history. A major influence was the Bugis – who first set foot in Malaysia in Johor before continuing on to Melaka, Linggi, Selangor, Pahang and TerengganuJavanese and the Arabs. They had a powerful effect on the politics of Johor, Pahang, Terengganu and Selangor. The strong Arab influence is apparent in art performances like Zapin and Hamdolok, musical instruments like gambus.[35] Other visible legacies in Johor Bahru are the Arabic names of places such as Wadi Hana and Wadi Hassan in areas populated by the Arab community from Hadhramaut in the southeast of Yemen. Wadi means valley in Arabic.


  • Cekak Musang and Teluk Belanga are types of collar design for the male garment 'baju melayu'. It is said that Teluk Belanga was designed by Sultan Abu Bakar in 1866 to commemorate the shift of Johor's capital from Teluk Belanga to Johor Bahru. The Teluk Belanga design is a simple hemmed round collar with a stiff stitching called 'tulang belut' or 'eel's spine', with a loop at the end to fit a 'kancing'. This collar design creates an exposed neck in contrast to the neck-covering Cekak Musang design that is a raised stiff collar of about 1–2 cm with an opening down to the chest. The collar ends have matching holes to fit buttons.[36]
  • Kurung Johor
  • Kurung Riau
  • Belah kebaya panjang


Tanjung Puteri is the song most commonly associated with Johor.

Tanjung Puteri

Tajuk Johor Tanjung Puteri

Selat Tebrau airnya biru

Di Pantai Lido tepian mandi

Sepanjang masa di hari minggu

Atas bukit Tanjung Puteri

Taman hiburan indah berseri

Pemandangan menawan hati

Jalan tambak hubungan negeri


Tanjung Sekijang nun di kuala

Tempat nelayan mengail gelama

Istana Hinggap di Kuala Danga

Pantai berkelah keluarga diRaja

Dari Tebrau orang berakit

Singgah Setulang membeli kopi

Pusara si Bongkok di lereng bukit

Di tepi pantai Tanjung Puteri

Folk dances and music

Zapin dance

Zapin is a dance form popular in Malaysia, especially in the state of Johor. It is believed to have been introduced by Muslim missionaries from the Middle East in the 14th century. In the old days, only males were allowed to perform it, but it now includes female dancers. It was once performed exclusively for religious ceremonies, but has become a traditional entertainment. The dancers usually perform in pairs, accompanied by a traditional music ensemble that typically consists of the gambus, accordion, violin, marwas (bongos), rebana (drum), and dok. There are various types of zapin—including zapin melayu, zapin pekajang, zapin tenglu, zapin pulau, zapin parit mastar, and zapin lenga.

Kuda Kepang

Kuda kepang is a dance or game performed by Johoreans, especially of Javanese descent. Kuda kepang is a legless horse-shaped puppet that is straddled by the performers. Usually, a troupe of performers consists of 10 to 15 people. It is performed at wedding ceremonies and cultural celebrations. There are several possible origins of kuda kepang. It is said to derive from the struggles of Wali Songo, a group of nine Islamic preachers in Java. Others think it originated from the movement of horses commanded by Ali, the fourth Muslim Caliph. There are several dance rhythms or patterns: the sola, Sselendang, pak tani, pucuk rebung, perjuangan, and mempertahankan diri. The bobbing movement of the performers and their horse puppet is called lenggang kiprah.

The musical instruments used in kuda kepang performance are angklong, gendang, gong, kinong, jidor, soron kecil and bonang.


Legend of Badang

This is a story of Badang, a slave who gained super human strength by eating the vomit of a river spirit. He used this to win his freedom. Contrary to popular belief, Badang was born in Sayong Pinang, Johor. Upon hearing his strength, he was summoned by the Seri Rama Wira Kerma of Temasik where he displayed his skills. Challengers were sent by foreign kingdoms to defeat him. Among them were King of Kalinga I from India who sent Nadi Bijaya Pikrama, a fierce wrestler, and the noblemen of Perlak who sent Benderang. Badang emerged victorious from both fights and eventually stayed in Temasik until his death.

Legend of Malim Deman

According to legend, Malim Deman was a king in Segamat who was in love with Princess Santan Bertapis. The princess was kidnapped by a spirit and Malim Deman swore that as long as the princess is not returned, the Segamat area shall experience floods for all eternity. However, with modern town planning and irrigation, flooding is now a rare occurrence in Segamat.

Legend of Gunung Ledang

Awang's spear returned to Dayang

Lembing Awang Pulang ke Dayang (Awang's spear Returned to Dayang) is an incident that occurred in Parit Raja, Muar.

It occurred in 1776 when a man called Awang returned to Padang (now known as Parit Raja, Muar) after more than 3 years abroad to marry his fiancée Dayang. Upon his return, he found out that another man called Bachok at Pa'achok had told Dayang of Awang's death and she was to be married to him the next day. Awang showed up at the wedding and using a twin spear given by Raja Bugis, he speared Bachok in the stomach. Bachok, fatally injured, grabbed the spear in his stomach and speared his best man. The man then speared the next man he saw and this was repeated until the 99th person was speared. It was Dayang's father who was protecting Dayang. He did not continue the repeated spearing and died. Awang ran away to Endau and Dayang did not marry another until she died.

Black Tongue Warrior

Panglima Lidah Hitam (the Black Tongue Warrior) is a legendary warrior in Johor state.


Hamdolok originated from the exposure of Middle Eastern culture introduced by Arabs in Johor. It is a traditional theatre performed during weddings and festivals. It is a blend of artistic characters of both the Middle East and local Malay communities. Instruments used include the gambus, tambourine, maracas and conga drums. It was also inspired by the Bedouin celebrating the birth of Islamic prophet Muhammad playing musical instruments and reciting poetry.


Cuisine in Johor is influenced by Arabs and cultures of the surrounding Maritime Southeast Asia.[citation needed] Some dishes are a blend of ingredients not found anywhere else in Malaysia. Due to their difficult and sometimes complicated recipes, some can only be sampled during celebrations and state banquets.[citation needed]

  • Laksa Johor is from Johor. It differs from Laksa Penang by having coconut milk added during cooking. It also differs from other laksas by using spaghetti instead of rice-based noodles.
  • Mee Bandung Muar is also a dish originated from Johor, specifically from Muar. The term 'bandung' is not derived from Bandung, Indonesia but is a term for anything that is mixed from many ingredients. One of the most important ingredient is dried shrimp.
  • Penganan Kacau keledek is a dessert normally reserved for the Johor monarch and elites. It is made from sweet potatoes, a lot of eggs (at least 40), fresh coconut milk (not instant ones) and huge amounts of sugar. It is mixed together and stirred on a simmering heat for at least 4 hours.
  • Mee rebus is a noodle dish that consists of Mee (a spaghetti like mixture of flour, salt and egg) and is served with a tangy, spicy brown sauce. Usually crumbs and boiled eggs are added.
  • Arisa – A unique chicken dish that is very rare nowadays, and is normally served to the royalties and social elites of Johor at formal functions and celebrations.
  • Satay – is a popular food in Malaysia. Made from marinated meat or chicken and burnt on charcoal grill. Cooked satay is dipped in special peanut sauce. A favourite Malay food in Johor, mostly found in Johor Bahru and Muar.
  • Telur pindang – Eggs boiled together with herbs and spices, popular during wedding feasts in Johor.
  • Roti Jala or Roti Kirai – The name is derived from the Malay word 'roti' (bread) and 'jala' (net). A special ladle with a five-hole perforation used to make the bread looks like a fish net (picture in the works). It is usually eaten spicy with curry or sweet with 'serawa'. Serawa is made from a mixture of boiled coconut milk, brown sugar and pandan leaf.
  • Nasi Beriani Gam – A biryani rice dish originating from India with a cooking method very similar to Hyderabad Biryani but with spices adjusted to suit the Malay palate. This dish is very popular in Batu Pahat District.
  • Ikan masak asam pedas – A sour stew of fish (usually mackerel), tamarind, chili, tomatoes, okra and Vietnamese coriander (Malay: daun kesum)
  • Kacang Pol- This dish is influenced by Arab Culture where special baked bread was served with special sauce and a 'sunny side up' egg.
  • Pisang Salai or Gimpi smoked banana cooked into perfection
  • Otak-otak – Steamed/Grilled fish cake usually served wrapped in sticks of coconut leaves. Two of the most popular varieties are Otak-otak Muar (spicy) and Otak-otak Gelang Patah (sweet).
  • Mee Soto[37] – This Indonesian origin food is very popular in Johor. People may have change noodles with rice or vermicelli rice according to their preference. Combination of either noodle, rice or vermicelli rice is added with peanut, beansprout and chicken meat. These combination then is poured with special soup. This soup was made from chicken stock and some other spice. Enjoy it while its hot.
  • Mee Bakso is almost identical to soto, but with meatballs instead of slices of chicken.
  • Lontongis a combination of pressed rice and coconut soup with vegetables, served with boiled egg and chili.
  • Burasak is a type of Buginese food.
  • Halwa Maskat is a dessert that may have originated in Mascat, Oman.
  • Kerutup ikan is fish is steamed with a variety of local fragrant leaves.
  • Pecal is a Javanese traditional cuisine made from long beans, slices of cucumber, beansprouts, tauhu, tempe mix, and a peanut sauce.
  • Tauhu bakar is made from soybean burnt on a grill and cut into cubes and dipped in a sauce.
  • Pendaram
  • Mee Siput is a mixture of flour that expands in size when deep fried.
  • Rojak Petis is a combination of local vegetables mixed with black sauce made mostly from shrimp(Otak Udang).
  • ABC – ABC is an abbreviation for air batu campur, also known as Ice Kacang Johor. It is a special dessert created from shaved ice with corn, jelly, redbeans, groundnut, syrup, pasteurised milk, and chocolate syrup.

Javanese-influenced cuisine

There are a few Johorean dishes with Javanese influences due to the high number of Javanese settlers in the state. These include lontong, nasi ambeng, satay and bontrot or berkat – both traditionally served after feasts like wedding ceremonies, Yasinan and others; and ungkep.[38]


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External links

  • Johor Government Website
  • Johor Chief Minister Office Official Website
  • Johor Chief Minister Office Official Website, Media and Communication Unit(MedKom)
  • Tourism Johor
  • Johor travel guide written and maintained by locals
  • Johor Community
  • My Far East, Johor – Malaysia
  • History of the Johor Empire
  • Tourism Malaysia – Johor
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