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The Sultanate of Johor
Johor
(or sometimes Johor- Riau
Riau
or Johor-Riau-Lingga or Johor
Johor
Empire) was founded by Malaccan Sultan
Sultan
Mahmud Shah's son, Sultan
Sultan
Alauddin Riayat Shah II in 1528.[1] Johor
Johor
was part of the Malaccan Sultanate before the Portuguese conquered Malacca's capital in 1511. At its height, the sultanate controlled modern-day Johor, Riau, and territories stretching from the river Klang to the Linggi and Tanjung Tuan, Muar, Batu Pahat, Singapore, Pulau Tinggi and other islands off the east coast of the Malay peninsula, the Karimun islands, the islands of Bintan, Bulang, Lingga and Bunguran, and Bengkalis, Kampar and Siak in Sumatra.[2] During the colonial era, the mainland part was administered by the British, and the insular part by the Dutch, thus breaking up the sultanate into Johor
Johor
and Riau. In 1946, the British section became part of the Malayan Union. Two years later, it joined the Federation of Malaya
Federation of Malaya
and subsequently, the Federation of Malaysia
Malaysia
in 1963. In 1949, the Dutch section became part of Indonesia.

Contents

1 Fall of Malacca and the Beginnings of the Old Johore Sultanate 2 Triangular war 3 Dutch Malacca 4 Johor- Jambi
Jambi
war 5 Golden Age 6 Bugis
Bugis
and Minangkabau influence in the kingdom 7 Johor
Johor
administration 8 Extent of the Empire 9 The fall of the Old Johor
Johor
Sultanate

9.1 Singapore
Singapore
and the British 9.2 Anglo-Dutch Treaty 9.3 The Interested Parties

10 Sultan
Sultan
tries to repair the damage

10.1 End of the Empire

10.1.1 The Breakup 10.1.2 Johor
Johor
and Pahang

11 Modern Johore Sultanate 12 World War II
World War II
and Malaysia 13 See also 14 Further reading 15 References

15.1 Bibliography

Fall of Malacca and the Beginnings of the Old Johore Sultanate[edit] In 1511, Malacca fell to the Portuguese and Sultan
Sultan
Mahmud Shah was forced to flee Malacca. The sultan made several attempts to retake the capital but his efforts were fruitless. The Portuguese retaliated and forced the sultan to flee to Pahang. Later, the sultan sailed to Bintan
Bintan
and established a new capital there.[citation needed] With a base established, the sultan rallied the disarrayed Malay forces and organised several attacks and blockades against the Portuguese position. Based at Pekan Tua, Sungai Telur, Johor, the Johor
Johor
Sultanate was founded by Raja Ali Ibni Sultan
Sultan
Mahmud Melaka, known as Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah (1528–1564), with his Queen Tun Fatimah in 1528.[citation needed] Although Sultan
Sultan
Alauddin Riayat Shah and his successor had to contend with attacks by the Portuguese in Malacca[citation needed] and by the Acehnese in Sumatra, they managed to maintain their hold on the Johor
Johor
Sultanate. Frequent raids on Malacca caused the Portuguese severe hardship and it helped to convince the Portuguese to destroy the exiled sultan's forces. A number of attempts were made to suppress the Malay but it was not until 1526 that the Portuguese finally razed Bintan
Bintan
to the ground. The sultan then retreated to Kampar in Sumatra
Sumatra
and died two years later. He left behind two sons named Muzaffar Shah and Alauddin Riayat Shah II.[citation needed] Muzaffar Shah continued on to establish Perak
Perak
while Alauddin Riayat Shah became the first sultan of Johor.[citation needed] Triangular war[edit] See also: Siege of Johor
Johor
(1587)

Aceh attacks on Malacca, Johor
Johor
and other Malay states

The new sultan established a new capital by the Johor
Johor
River and, from there, continued to harass the Portuguese in the north. He consistently worked together with his brother in Perak
Perak
and the Sultan of Pahang
Pahang
to retake Malacca, which by this time was protected by the fort A Famosa. On the northern part of Sumatra
Sumatra
around the same period, Aceh Sultanate was beginning to gain substantial influence over the Straits of Malacca. With the fall of Malacca to Christian
Christian
hands, Muslim
Muslim
traders often skipped Malacca in favour of Aceh or also of Johor's capital Johor
Johor
Lama (Kota Batu). Therefore, Malacca and Aceh became direct competitors. With the Portuguese and Johor
Johor
frequently locking horns, Aceh launched multiple raids against both sides to tighten its grip over the straits. The rise and expansion of Aceh encouraged the Portuguese and Johor
Johor
to sign a truce and divert their attention to Aceh. The truce, however, was short-lived and with Aceh severely weakened, Johor
Johor
and the Portuguese had each other in their sights again. During the rule of Sultan
Sultan
Iskandar Muda, Aceh attacked Johor
Johor
in 1613 and again in 1615.[3] Dutch Malacca[edit] In the early 17th century, the Dutch reached Southeast Asia. At that time the Dutch were at war with the Portuguese and allied themselves to Johor. Two treaties were signed by Admiral Cornelis Matelief de Jonge on behalf of the Dutch Estates General and Raja Bongsu (Raja Seberang) of Johor
Johor
in May and September 1606.[4] Finally in 1641, the Dutch and Johor
Johor
forces headed by Bendahara
Bendahara
Skudai, defeated the Portuguese. As per the agreement with Johor
Johor
struck in May 1606, the Dutch took control of Malacca and agreed not to seek territories or wage war with Johor. Finally in January 1641, the Dutch (attacking by land and the sea) and Johor
Johor
forces (attacking by land and under the leadership of Bendahara
Bendahara
Skudai), defeated the Portuguese at Malacca. By the time the fortress at Malacca surrendered, the town's population had already been greatly decimated by famine and disease (the plague).[5] As per article 1 of the agreement with Johor
Johor
ratified in May 1606, the Dutch assumed control of the town of Malacca and also of some surrounding settlements. Malacca then became a territory under the control of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and formally remained a Dutch possession until the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824 was signed. Johor- Jambi
Jambi
war[edit] With the fall of Portuguese Malacca
Portuguese Malacca
in 1641 and the decline of Aceh due to the growing power of the Dutch, Johor
Johor
started to re-established itself as a power along the Straits of Malacca
Straits of Malacca
during the reign of Sultan
Sultan
Abdul Jalil Shah III (1623–1677).[6] Its influence extended to Pahang, Sungei Ujong, Malacca, Klang and the Riau
Riau
Archipelago.[7] During the triangular war, Jambi
Jambi
also emerged as a regional economic and political power in Sumatra. Initially there was an attempt of an alliance between Johor
Johor
and Jambi
Jambi
with a promised marriage between the heir Raja Muda and daughter of the Pengeran of Jambi. However, the Raja Muda married instead the daughter of the Laksamana Abdul Jamil who, concerned about the dilution of power from such an alliance, offered his own daughter for marriage instead.[8] The alliance therefore broke down, and a 13-year war then ensued between Johor
Johor
and the Sumatran state beginning in 1666. The war was disastrous for Johor as Johor's capital, Batu Sawar, was sacked by Jambi
Jambi
in 1673. The Sultan
Sultan
escaped to Pahang
Pahang
and died four years later. His successor, Sultan
Sultan
Ibrahim (1677–1685), then engaged the help of the Bugis
Bugis
in the fight to defeat Jambi.[7] Johor
Johor
would eventually prevailed in 1679, but also ended in a weakened position as the Bugis
Bugis
refused to go home, and the Minangkabaus of Sumatra
Sumatra
also started to assert their influence.[8] After the sacking of Batu Sawar in 1673, the capital of Johor
Johor
was frequently moved to avoid the threat of attack from Jambi. All through its history, the rulers of Johor
Johor
had in fact constantly shifted their centre of power many times in their efforts to keep the sultanate together. Johor
Johor
Lama (Kota Batu) was initially founded by Alauddin Riayat Shah II but was sacked by the Acehnese in 1564. It was then moved to Seluyut, later back to Johor
Johor
Lama during the reign of Ali Jalla (1571–1597) which was sacked by the Portuguese in 1587, then to Batu Sawar, and Lingga (again sacked by the Portuguese). This is followed by a period with no fixed capital (places included Tanah Puteh and Makam Tauhid) during the reign of Sultan
Sultan
Abdul Jalil Shah III before he moved it to Batu Sawar in 1640. After Batu Sawar was sacked by Jambi, later capitals included Kota Tinggi, Riau, and Pancur.[9] Golden Age[edit] In the 17th century with Malacca ceasing to be an important port, Johor
Johor
became the dominant regional power. The policy of the Dutch in Malacca drove traders to Riau, a port controlled by Johor. The trade there far surpassed that of Malacca. The VOC was unhappy with that but continued to maintain the alliance because the stability of Johor
Johor
was important to trade in the region. The Sultan
Sultan
provided all the facility required by the traders. Under the patronage of the Johor
Johor
elites, traders are protected and prospered.[10] With wide range of goods available and favourable prices, Riau
Riau
boomed. Ships from various places such as Cambodia, Siam, Vietnam and all over the Malay Archipelago came to trade. The Bugis ships made Riau
Riau
the centre for spices. Items found in China or example, cloth and opium were traded with locally sourced ocean and forest products, tin, pepper and locally grown gambier. Duties were low, and cargoes could be discharged or stored easily. Traders found they do not need to extend credit, for the business was good.[11] Like Malacca before it, Riau
Riau
was also the centre of Islamic studies and teaching. Many orthodox scholars from the Muslim
Muslim
heartlands like the Indian Subcontinent and Arabia were housed in special religious hostels, while devotees of Sufism could seek initiation into one of the many Tariqah
Tariqah
(Sufi Brotherhood) which flourished in Riau.[12] In many ways, Riau
Riau
managed to recapture some of the old Malacca glory. Both became prosperous due to trade but there was a major difference; Malacca was also great due to its territorial conquest. Bugis
Bugis
and Minangkabau influence in the kingdom[edit] The last sultan from the Malaccan dynasty, Sultan
Sultan
Mahmud Shah II, was a person of unstable disposition. When Bendahara
Bendahara
Habib was the Bendahara, he effectively shielded the people from the Sultan
Sultan
's idiosyncrasies. After the demise of Bendehara Habib, he was replaced by Bendahara
Bendahara
Abdul Jalil. As the Bendahara
Bendahara
was only a cousin, he could not rein in the Sultan
Sultan
's eccentric behaviour.[citation needed] The Sultan
Sultan
ordered the pregnant wife of a noble, Orang Kaya Megat Sri Rama killed, as she had taken a slice of the royal jack fruit. Subsequently, the Sultan
Sultan
was killed by Megat Sri Rama in revenge. Sultan
Sultan
Mahmud Shah II of Johor
Johor
had died in 1699 without an heir. The Orang Kayas, who were normally tasked with advising the Sultan, were in a fix. They went to Muar to meet Sa Akar DiRaja, Raja Temenggung of Muar, the Sultan's uncle and asked for his counsel.[citation needed] He pointed out that Bendahara
Bendahara
Abdul Jalil should inherit the throne.[13] The problem was resolved when the viceroy Bendahara
Bendahara
Abdul Jalil was declared the new sultan and proclaimed Sultan
Sultan
Abdul Jalil IV. Many, particularly the Orang Laut (islanders from Johor
Johor
maritime territories), however felt that the declaration was improper. The Bugis, who played an important role in defeating Jambi
Jambi
two decades earlier, had a huge influence in Johor. Apart from the Malays, another influential faction in Johor
Johor
at that time were the Minangkabau. Both the Bugis
Bugis
and the Minangkabau realised how the death of Sultan
Sultan
Mahmud II had provided them with the chance to exert power in Johor. The Minangkabau introduced a Minangkabau prince, Raja Kecil from Siak who claimed he was the posthumous son of Sultan
Sultan
Mahmud II. The prince met with the Bugis
Bugis
and promised the Bugis
Bugis
wealth and political power if they helped the prince to win the throne. However, Raja Kecil broke his promise and installed himself as the new Sultan of Johor
Sultan of Johor
(Sultan Abdul Jalil Rahmat Shah) without the knowledge of the Bugis. Sultan Abdul Jalil IV fled to Pahang
Pahang
where he was later killed by an assassin hired by Raja Kecil. Dissatisfied with Raja Kecil's accession, the son of Sultan
Sultan
Abdul Jalil IV, Raja Sulaiman, asked Daeng Parani of the Bugis
Bugis
to aid him in his quest to reclaim the throne. In 1722, Raja Kecil was dethroned by Raja Sulaiman's supporters with the assistance of the Bugis. Raja Sulaiman became the new Sultan
Sultan
of Johore, but he was a weak ruler and became a puppet of the Bugis. Daeng Parani's brother, Daeng Merewah, who was made Yam Tuan Muda (crown prince) was the man who actually controlled Johor.[14] Johor
Johor
administration[edit] The Johor
Johor
Sultanate continued the system of administration previously practised in Malacca. The highest authority lay in the hands of the Yang di-Pertuan who was known as the Sultan. The Sultan
Sultan
was assisted by a body known as the Majlis Orang Kaya (Council of Rich Men) which was tasked with advising the Sultan. Among them were the Bendahara, Temenggong, Laksamana, Shahbandar and Seri Bija Diraja. During the 18th century, the Bendahara
Bendahara
lived in Pahang
Pahang
and the Temenggong Johor in Teluk Belanga, Singapore. Each one managed the administration of their individual areas based on the level of authority bestowed upon them by the Sultan
Sultan
of Johor. The Johor
Johor
Empire was decentralised. It was made of four main fiefs and the Sultan's territory. The fiefs are Muar and its territories under the Raja Temenggung of Muar;[15] Pahang
Pahang
under the stewardship of the Bendehara;[16] Riau
Riau
under the control of YAM Tuan Muda and mainland Johor
Johor
and Singapore
Singapore
under the Temenggung. The rest of the Empire were directly controlled by the Sultan. The Sultan
Sultan
resided in Lingga. All the Orang Kayas except Raja Temenggung Muar reported directly to the Sultan ; Raja Temenggung Muar was a suzerain recognised by the Sultan.

Sultans of Johor Reign

Malacca- Johor
Johor
Dynasty

Alauddin Riayat Shah II 1528–1564

Muzaffar Shah II 1564–1570

Abdul Jalil Shah I 1570–1571

Ali Jalla Abdul Jalil Shah II 1571–1597

Alauddin Riayat Shah III 1597–1615

Abdullah Ma'ayat Shah 1615–1623

Abdul Jalil Shah III 1623–1677

Ibrahim Shah 1677–1685

Mahmud Shah II 1685–1699

Bendahara
Bendahara
Dynasty

Abdul Jalil IV ( Bendahara
Bendahara
Abdul Jalil) 1699–1720

Malacca- Johor
Johor
Dynasty (descent)

Abdul Jalil Rahmat Shah (Raja Kecil) 1718–1722

Bendahara
Bendahara
Dynasty

Sulaiman Badrul Alam Shah 1722–1760

Abdul Jalil Muazzam Shah 1760–1761

Ahmad Riayat Shah 1761 - 1761

Mahmud Shah III 1761–1812

Abdul Rahman Muazzam Shah 1812–1819

Hussein Shah (Tengku Long) 1819–1835

Ali 1835–1877

Temenggong Dynasty

Raja Temenggung Tun Ibrahim 1855–1862

Abu Bakar 1862–1895

Ibrahim 1895–1959

Ismail 1959–1981

Mahmud Iskandar Al-Haj 1981–2010

Ibrahim Ismail 2010 - current

Extent of the Empire[edit] As the Sultanate replaced the Malacca Sultanate, it followed that the extent of its territorial area covered the southern Malay peninsular, parts of south-eastern Sumatra
Sumatra
and the Riau
Riau
Islands and its dependencies. This territory included the vassal states of Pahang, Muar, Johor
Johor
mainland and Riau
Riau
Islands. The administrative centre of the empire was at various times at Sayong Pinang, Kota Kara, Seluyut, Johor
Johor
Lama, Batu Sawar and Kota Tinggi; all on mainland Johor
Johor
and later at Riau
Riau
and Lingga. It then shifted with the birth of Modern Johore Sultanate to Tanjung Puteri, known today as Johor
Johor
Bahru. The fall of the Old Johor
Johor
Sultanate[edit] Singapore
Singapore
and the British[edit] In 1818, Sir Stamford Raffles
Stamford Raffles
was appointed as the governor of Bencoolen on western Sumatra. However, he was convinced that the British needed to establish a new base in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia
to compete with the Dutch. Though many in the British East India Company
British East India Company
opposed such an idea, Raffles managed to convince Lord Hastings of the Company, then Governor General of British India, to side with him. With the governor general's consent, he and his expedition set out to search for a new base. When Raffles' expedition arrived in Singapore
Singapore
on 29 January 1819 he discovered a small Malay settlement at the mouth of Singapore
Singapore
River headed by a Temenggung (governor) of Johor. Though the island was nominally ruled by the sultanate, the political situation there was extremely murky. The reigning sultan, Tengku Abdul Rahman, was under the influence of the Dutch and the Bugis. Hence, he would never agree to a British base in Singapore. However, Tengku Abdul Rahman was ruler only because his older brother, Tengku Hussein or Tengku Long, had been away in Pahang
Pahang
getting married when their father died in 1812. He was appointed by the Yam Tuan Muda of Riau, Raja Jaafar because according to him, in a Malay tradition, a person has to be by the dying sultan's side to be considered as the new ruler. However the matter has to be decided by the Bendehara as the "keeper of adat (tradition)".[17] Predictably, the older brother was not happy with the development. Raja Jaafar's sister, the queen of the late Sultan, protested vehemently at her brother's actions with these prophetic words, "... Which adat of succession is being followed? Unfair deeds like this will cause the Johor
Johor
Sultanate be destroyed!". And she held on the royal regalia refusing to surrender it.[18] Bendehara Ali was made aware of the affairs of the succession and decided to act.[17] He prepared his fleet of boats to Riau
Riau
to "restore the adat". The British upon knowing this despatched a fleet and set up a blockade to stop the forces of Bendehara Ali from advancing. With the Temenggung's help, Raffles managed to smuggle Hussein, then living in exile on one of the Riau
Riau
Islands, back into Singapore. According to a correspondence between Tengku Hussain and his brother, he left for Singapore
Singapore
out of his concern of his son's safety. Unfortunately he was captured by Raffles and forced to make a deal.[19] Their agreement stated that the British would acknowledge Tengku Hussein as the "legitimate ruler" of "Johor", and thus Tengku Hussein and the Temenggung would receive a yearly stipend from the British. In return, Tengku Hussein would allow Raffles to establish a trading post in Singapore. This treaty was ratified on 6 February 1819. Bendehara Ali was requested by the British to recognise Tengku Hussein as a ruler. However, Bendehara Ali claimed that he had no connection with the events in Singapore, as it is the Temenggung's fief and stated that his loyalty lies only with the Sultan of Johor
Sultan of Johor
in Lingga.[20] Anglo-Dutch Treaty[edit] The Dutch were extremely displeased with Raffles' action. Tensions between the Dutch and British over Singapore
Singapore
persisted until 1824, when they signed the Anglo-Dutch Treaty. Under the terms of that treaty, the Dutch officially withdrew their opposition to the British presence in Singapore. Many historians contend that the treaty divided the spheres of influence between the Dutch and the English; Sultanate of Johor
Johor
into modern Johor
Johor
and the state of Riau-Lingga
Riau-Lingga
which exists de jure after the ouster of the last Sultan
Sultan
of Johor. However this treaty was signed secretly without the knowledge of the local nobility including the Sultan
Sultan
and thus its legitimacy was called into question. Nevertheless, the British successfully sidelined Dutch political influence by proclaiming Sultan
Sultan
Hussein as the Sultan of Johor
Sultan of Johor
and Singapore
Singapore
to acquire legal recognition in their sphere of influence in Singapore
Singapore
and Peninsular Malaysia. The legitimacy of Sultan
Sultan
Hussein's proclamation as the Sultan of Johor
Sultan of Johor
and Singapore
Singapore
was controversial to some of the other Malay rulers. As he was placed on the throne by the British, he was also very much seen as a puppet ruler. Temenggong Abdul Rahman's position, on the other hand, was strengthened as it was with his cooperation that the British successfully took de facto control of Johor
Johor
and Singapore; with the backing of the British he gained influence as Raja Ja'afar.[21] Meanwhile, Sultan
Sultan
Abdul Rahman was installed as the Sultan
Sultan
of Lingga in November 1822, complete with the royal regalia.[22] Sultan
Sultan
Abdul Rahman, who had devoted himself to religion, became contented with his political sphere of influence in Lingga, where his family continued to maintain his household under the administrative direction of Raja Ja'afar who ruled under the auspices of the Dutch. The Interested Parties[edit] The actors on this stage were three parties; the Colonial powers of British and the Dutch; the nobles who made agreement with the Dutch namely Raja Jaafar, Yam Tuan Muda of Riau
Riau
and Temenggung Abdul Rahman, of Johore and Singapore ; the palace namely the Sultan, and the Bendahara
Bendahara
who claimed he was not aware of any treaty signed with their knowledge.[23] Because the treaties are not ratified by the Sultan
Sultan
or the Bendahara, the Malays tried not to pay heed to any action of the Colonial powers. The Yam Tuan Muda has been accused of committing treachery by "selling" the sovereignty of Johore,[24] however the counter argument is that neither the Sultan
Sultan
nor the Bendahara
Bendahara
were parties to the treaty. The treaty was signed in secret[25] and details were only known in 1855. The Temenggung, strengthened his position through his friendship with Great Britain, and gained influence, together with Britain, over the state at the expense of the Sultanate. This is especially true for the son of Temenggung Ibrahim, the ambitious Temenggung (and later Sultan) Abu Bakar succeeded in eventually usurping the throne. Sultan
Sultan
tries to repair the damage[edit] Further information: Riau-Lingga
Riau-Lingga
Sultanate Sultan
Sultan
Abdul Rahman died in 1832 and was replaced by his son, Sultan Muhammad Shah (reigning from 1832–1841). Raja Jaffar, Yam Tuan Muda of Riau
Riau
died and the Sultan
Sultan
is in no hurry to appoint a successor. The Sultan
Sultan
saw the damage that was done to the Palace in his father's reign and decided to reemphasis and restore adat[26] as a rule governing personal behaviour and the politics. He summoned Bendahara Ali (Raja Bendahara
Bendahara
Pahang) to Lingga. At Lingga, an adat-steeped function[27] was held. The Bendahara
Bendahara
conducted ceremonies (as per adat) aimed at re-educating the nobility and the Sultan
Sultan
about their respective duties and responsibilities. Islam and politics were discussed. It was attended by all the nobles from across the Empire hence, proving that 'Sultan' of Singapore
Singapore
is not recognised by the Malays. The ceremonies also include istallation of Tengku Mahmud (later ruling as Sultan
Sultan
Mahmud Muzaffar) as a Crown Prince and Tun Mutahir as Bendehara-in-waiting. In 1841, Bendahara
Bendahara
Ali appointed Temenggung Ibrahim[28] to replace his father who died in 1825. The long interval was due to displeasure of the Bendahara
Bendahara
over the affairs of Singapore. Conditions imposed during the appointment included paying a visit of fealty to the ruling Sultan Mahmud Muzaffar in Lingga. Sultan
Sultan
Hussein of Singapore
Singapore
died in 1835 and his prince Tengku Ali wished for the legitimacy granted to Temenggung Ibrahim, by the British and some Malay nobles. The British forwarded the request in 1841 to the Bendahara. Bendahara
Bendahara
Ali. After waiting since 1835 for the 'appointment' as a Sultan, in 1852 Tengku Ali decided to return Johor'[29] to the former Johor-Riau Empire by paying homage to Sultan
Sultan
Mahmud Muzaffar in Lingga. For three years Johor
Johor
Empire was one again, except Singapore
Singapore
which was ceded to the British. Worried by the state of affairs, the British called Tengku Ali back to Singapore
Singapore
on the threat of cancelling his pension. In Singapore, he was frequently visited by Sultan
Sultan
Mahmud Muzaffar and their relations are cordial. End of the Empire[edit] The worried British then forced the 1855 treaty between Temenggung Ibrahim and Tengku Ali. In exchange for recognition as a Sultan, Tengku Ali agrees to 'give up all of Johor'. The treaty was intended to solidify the position of Temenggung Ibrahim, their key ally. Bendahara
Bendahara
Ali was asked by the Sultan
Sultan
Mahmud Muzaffar about the 1855 treaty.[30][31] In his reply, the Bendahara
Bendahara
reiterated that the Temenggung was supposed to swear fealty to his majesty and on the behaviour of Tengku Ali, the Bendehara claimed ignorance. He also reiterated that he was not a party to any discussion with the British or the Dutch. The Dutch were also very worried. It seemed that the Sultan
Sultan
is acting on his own and would not listen to any of the Dutch-influenced Yam Tuan Muda of Riau
Riau
and the Bugis
Bugis
nobility. It erupted into an open dispute between Sultan
Sultan
Mahmud Muzaffar and the Bugis
Bugis
nobility over the appointment of new Yam Tuan Muda of Riau. The Bugis
Bugis
preferred candidate was also the Dutch choice.[32] The Sultan
Sultan
resented having another foreign-backed Yam Tuan Muda of Riau. It resulted in a deadlock and the Sultan
Sultan
set sail to Singapore
Singapore
to cool off. It was during the Singapore
Singapore
trip that the last Sultan
Sultan
of the mighty Johore Empire was deposed by the Bugis
Bugis
nobility in 1857.[33] The Breakup[edit] After the ouster of the former Sultan
Sultan
of Johor-Riau, the Bugis
Bugis
nobles elected the new Sultan, Sultan
Sultan
Sulaiman Badrul Shah,[34] the Sultan
Sultan
of the "new" Riau-Lingga
Riau-Lingga
Kingdom built on the Riau
Riau
remnants of the Johore Empire. The Sultan
Sultan
signed an agreement with the Dutch.[34] In the agreement he agreed to acknowledge the overlordship of the Dutch government among others. With a stroke of a pen, he broke up the Johor Empire into 2 big parts and has given up the sovereignty of his part of territory to the Dutch. This also marked the end of the original Johor- Riau
Riau
Sultanate, that was descended from the Sultanate of Melaka. This division remains until today as the Malaysia- Indonesia
Indonesia
border. Johor
Johor
and Pahang[edit] Temenggung Ibrahim of Johore signed a treaty with Bendahara
Bendahara
Tun Mutahir of Pahang
Pahang
in 1861.[35] The treaty recognised the territories of Johor
Johor
(mainland), the Temenggung and his descendent's right to rule it, mutual protection and mutual recognitions of Pahang
Pahang
and Johor. With the signing of this treaty, the remnants of the Empire became two independent states, Johor
Johor
and Pahang. Modern Johore Sultanate[edit]

State of Johor

Negeri Johor نڬري جوهر

Independent (1886-1914) Protectorate of the United Kingdom (1914-1942, 1945-1946)

1885–1942 1945–1946

Flag

Coat of arms

Motto Malay: Kepada Allah Berserah (To Allah We Surrender)

Johor
Johor
in present-day Malaysia

Capital Johor
Johor
Bahru1

Languages Malay2 English

Religion Sunni Islam

Political structure Monarchy

Sultan

 •  1886-1895 Abu Bakar

 •  1895-1959 Ibrahim

Advisor

 •  1914–unknown D.G. Campbell

Historical era Early modern period

 •  Recognised by United Kingdom 11 December 1885

 •  British adviser accepted 12 May 1914

 •  Japanese troops take Johor
Johor
Bahru 31 January 1942

 •  Japanese surrender 14 August 1945

 •  Added into Malayan Union 31 March 1946

Currency Straits dollar
Straits dollar
until 1939 Malayan dollar until 1953

Succeeded by

Japanese occupation of Malaya

Malayan Union

Today part of  Malaysia

1 Formerly Tanjung Puteri, remains as capital until today 2 Malay using Jawi (Arabic) script

The Istana Besar
Istana Besar
(Grand Palace), completed in 1866 under Abu Bakar of Johor's rule, serves as the seat and residence of the Johor
Johor
Sultanate.

In 1855, Temenggong Ibrahim selected Tanjung Puteri, a small fishing village in southern Johor
Johor
which would later develop into Johor
Johor
Bahru, as the administrative headquarters of the state. Temenggong Ibrahim was succeeded by his son, Temenggong Abu Bakar, who later took the title Seri Maharaja Johor. Muar was another vassal of Old Johor
Johor
Empire and was ruled by its own Raja Temenggong. At gunpoint, the Raja Temenggong and the chieftains of Muar handed over the control of Muar to Temenggong Abu Bakar in 1877; this later contributed to the Jementah Civil War. Temenggong Abu Bakar, aided by the British won decisively. Abu Bakar went to Istanbul to seek recognition as the Sultan
Sultan
of Johor, to allay fears of his religious credibility. In 1885, he went to London seeking the recognition from the British Queen, Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
on his sultanate and Johor's independence. He was warmly accepted by the Queen and a friendship treaty was signed. After that he was formally crowned the Sultan
Sultan
of Johor. The modern Sultanate of Johor
Johor
ruled only over mainland Johor. The Old Johore Sultanate (Johore Empire) was thus broken up into its constituents- Pahang, Singapore, Lingga/ Riau
Riau
and mainland Johor. Sultan
Sultan
Abu Bakar has often been credited as the "Father of Modern Johor" due to the modernisation of the state under his rule. He introduced a constitution known as Undang-undang Tubuh Negeri Johor and developed an efficient administration system, officially moving administrative operation of the state to Johor
Johor
Bahru. As the capital of the state, Johor
Johor
Bahru witnessed significant growth and development, culminating to the construction of buildings on grand scales with architecture deriving from Western and Malay sources. Johor
Johor
as a whole also enjoyed economic prosperity. An increased demand for black pepper and gambier in the nineteenth century lead to the opening up of farmlands to the influx of Chinese immigrants, creating Johor's initial economic base. The Kangchu
Kangchu
system was put in place. In 1914, Sultan
Sultan
Ibrahim, Sultan
Sultan
Abu Bakar's successor, was forced to accept a British Adviser and effectively became a crown protectorate of the Britain as part of the Unfederated Malay States. D.G. Campbell was dispatched as the first British advisor to Johor. World War II
World War II
and Malaysia[edit] Under the reign of Sultan
Sultan
Ibrahim until his death in London in 1959, Johor
Johor
transitioned from a British protectorate of the Unfederated Malay States, to a Japanese possession during Japanese occupation in World War II, to a federated state in the Malayan Union
Malayan Union
and Federation of Malaya. The Johor
Johor
Sultanate continues to exist as a member of the Conference of Rulers following Malaya's independence in 1957 and the formation of the Malaysian federation in 1963, with successive sultans presiding over modern Johor
Johor
as ceremonious figureheads, including Sultan
Sultan
Ismail (1959–1981), Sultan
Sultan
Iskandar (1981–2010), and Sultan
Sultan
Ibrahim (2010–present). Sultan
Sultan
Iskandar served as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the federal head of state of Malaysia, from 1984 to 1989. See also[edit]

Riau-Lingga
Riau-Lingga
Sultanate Founding of modern Singapore Johor History of the Malay Kings of Singapore List of Sunni Muslim
Muslim
dynasties Sultanate of Kedah Sultanate of Malacca

Further reading[edit]

Borschberg, Peter, "The Seizure of the Santa Catarina Revisited: The Portuguese Empire in Asia, VOC Politics and the Origins of the Dutch- Johor
Johor
Alliance (c. 1602–1616)", Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 33.1 (2002): 31–62. Borschberg, Peter, ed., Jacques de Coutre's Singapore
Singapore
and Johor, 1595-c.1625, Singapore: NUS Press, 2015. ISBN 978-9971-69-852-2. https://www.academia.edu/9672124 Borschberg, Peter, ed., Journal, Memorials and Letters of Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge. Security, Diplomacy and Commerce in 17th-Century Southeast Asia, Singapore: NUS Press, 2015. ISBN 978-9971-69-798-3. https://www.academia.edu/4302783 Borschberg, Peter, ed., Admiral Matelieff's Singapore
Singapore
and Johor, 1606-1616, Singapore: National Archives of Singapore, 2015. https://www.academia.edu/11868450 The Johor
Johor
Empire at sabrizain.demon.co JOHOR (Sultanate) at uq.net.au

References[edit]

^ Christopher Buyers – The Ruling House of Malacca-Johor ^ Winstedt R. O. (1992). A history of Johore, 1365–1895 (M.B.R.A.S. Reprints, 6.). Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. p. 36. ISBN 983-99614-6-2.  ^ Borschberg (2010a) ^ Borschberg (2011), pp. 215–223 ^ Borschberg (2010b), pp. 97–100 ^ M.C. Ricklefs, Bruce Lockhart, Albert Lau, Portia Reyes, Maitrii Aung-Thwin. A New History of Southeast Asia. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 150. ISBN 9781137015549. CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link) ^ a b Tan Ding Eing (1978). A Portrait of Malaysia
Malaysia
and Singapore. Oxford University Press. p. 22. ISBN 978-0195807226.  ^ a b Jim Baker. Crossroads (2nd Edn): A Popular History of Malaysia and Singapore. Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd. pp. 64–65. ISBN 978-9814516020.  ^ John Miksic (15 November 2013). Singapore
Singapore
and the Silk Road of the Sea, 1300–1800. NUS Press. pp. 204–207. ISBN 978-9971695743.  ^ E. M. Jacobs, Merchant in Asia, ISBN 90-5789-109-3, 2006, page 207 ^ Andaya & Andaya (2001), p. 101 ^ Andaya & Andaya (2001), p. 102 ^ The Family Tree of Raja Temenggung of Muar, traditional sources, Puan Wan Maimunah, 8th descendent of Sa Akar DiRaja ^ "History", Embassy of Malaysia, Seoul Archived 30 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Othman (2006), p. 239 ^ Othman (2003), p. 36 ^ a b Othman (2003), p. 57 ^ Othman (2003), p. 136 ^ Othman (2003), p. 61 ^ Othman (2003), p. 62 ^ Ministry of Culture (Publicity Division), Singapore; Ministry of Communications and Information, Singapore., Singapore: A Ministry of Culture Publication, pg 24 ^ Trocki (1979), p. 108 ^ Othman (2007), p. 90 ^ Othman (2007), p. 46 ^ Othman (2007), p. 40 ^ Othman (2007), p. 67 ^ Othman (2007), p. 68 ^ Othman (2007), p. 70 ^ Othman (2007), p. 75 ^ Othman (2007), p. 221 ^ Baginda Omar's private correspondences, National Archives, Kuala Lumpur ^ Othman (2007), p. 85 ^ Othman (2007), p. 86 ^ a b Othman (2007), p. 87 ^ Ahmad Fawzi Basri, Johor
Johor
1855–1917 : Pentadbiran dan Perkembangannya, Fajar Bakti, 1988, pages 33–34

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